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Wholesome Rx: Prescribe Produce, Not Pills

By By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

“Eat more fresh produce.” It’s an easy bit of medical advice to give. Yet it’s advice millions of Americans aren’t able to follow, even if they want to. A non-profit group called Wholesome Wave is working to make it a little bit easier for both practitioners and patients, by creating a system that allows doctors to literally prescribe produce for patients and their families in underserved communities.

Can Strep Trigger OCD? Two Decades On, A Controversy Continues

By Francie Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

More than 20 years since it was first described, PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections) remains controversial.The recent emergence of a new diagnostic test panel has potential to provide biological evidence for the autoimmune process thought to trigger neuromotor symptoms observed in patients that fit the PANDAS/PANS description.

New National Credential Signals Maturing of Health Coach Field

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Health and wellness coaches are rapidly earning recognition as indispensable healthcare allies. Until recently, however, there was no clear gold standard for choosing a quality health coach with adequate training and expertise. But a new national coaching credential could set some coaches above the rest.

A Taste of African Heritage Offers Culinary Path to Wellness

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Sweet potatoes, peanuts, black-eyed peas, lima beans, collard and mustard greens, sorghum, millet.... these and so many other healthy foods originated in Africa and the African diaspora. Reconnecting with these foods offers the opportunity to make Black History Month a celebration of wellness as well as a celebration of culture.

Health Coaching in Primary Care: Considerations for Collaborative Practice

By Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD, Contributing Writer

A well-developed collaboration between a skilled physician and a well-trained health coach can have profound positive impact on patients’ health and wellbeing. But standards and credentials for health coaches are still evolving. Here are tips for finding, hiring, and integrating health coaches into primary care clinics.