GPs to prescribe fruit and veg

In collaboration with the Press Association

Family doctors in the Scottish Highlands are taking part in a pilot project to prescribe fruit and veg to their patients alongside their medication.

The six month project involving GPs in Ullapool is due to begin soon. The pilot is an extension of a programme that has enabled GPs to refer patients to exercise groups.

It is being funded by community group Healthways Ross and Cromarty, who were set up to encourage the Scottish, who have the highest rate of heart disease in Europe, to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Patients referred under the programme will receive subsidised boxes of fruit and vegetables produced by local farmers.

The boxes are hoped to be a first step in persuading people to eat less processed and packaged food.

A diet high in salt, sugar and processed meat, and low in fibre, fruit and vegetables has been linked to an increased risk of several cancers.

Find out more about on the link between  diet and cancer