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Health Affairs Article: A Pilot Food Bank Intervention Featuring Diabetes-Appropriate Food

To determine whether healthy food could help low-income people better control their diabetes, a pilot study by UC San Francisco and Feeding America tracked nearly 700 people at food banks in California, Texas and Ohio over two years.

The result: better diabetes control and medication adherence and an overall improvement in the consumption of healthy food.

This research, funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, is the first formal evaluation of a diabetes intervention for food insecure people involving the actual provision of food. The observational pilot study is now being followed by a more extensive research trial at food banks in Oakland, Detroit and Houston by UCSF and Feeding America. This paper, published in the November 2015 issue of Health Affairs, will be available for public viewing through November 2016.  Share today!

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