Health and Wellness
Veggie Rx is a program designed to increase education and access around healthy foods for individuals who have been diagnosed with a disease related to obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, gout, some cancers, gall bladder disease and gall stones, osteoarthritis, breathing problems such as sleep apnea, and asthma.
This 10-person program follows an eight-week curriculum, meeting Thursday mornings, and includes taking field trips to local food providers and vendors to raise awareness and increase knowledge around nutritional options and how to add them for overall healthier living.
DICP concluded the pilot program with ten participants, all senior citizens, in the first eight-week course in April, 2019. The pilot program included a collaboration with the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado Denver, which culminated in the data-driven study and evaluation entitled “Food Security among Clients of the Denver Inner City Parish.” The second class is currently in progress.