Eating nutritious food and maintaining a healthy diet are essential to a person’s overall health and well-being. The lack of access to affordable and nutritious food is a major public health problem, often causing or exacerbating chronic illnesses, particularly for poor and underserved populations living in “food deserts.” In 2017, Putnam Hospital Center of Nuvance Health began hosting a farmer’s market to address this public health priority in its community.
Putnam Hospital Center is in its third successful season of hosting a farmers market. This community health initiative provides fresh and affordable food options to locals and fosters healthy eating habits and the prevention of chronic disease. The farmers market also offers nutritional tips, recipes and demonstrations to educate families on how they can incorporate these habits into everyday life.
When Putnam Hospital opened its farmers market, there were only four other farmers markets in Putnam County, an area that encompasses six towns, three villages and more than 99,000 residents. Last season, Putnam Hospital’s farmers market sold more than 2,200 pounds of produce to the local community.
For more information, contact Marcela Rojas, manager, public and community affairs, at (845) 230-4773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.