Kaiser Permanente Physician Celebrated for Contributions to Locally Grown Food Movement
EatingWell in Season cookbook will help readers find healthier ways to shop, cook and live
Dr. Maring began to shop at farmers markets more than 30 years ago and included even more locally grown food in a healthy diet when his son was born in 1980. He brought his personal passion into his profession in 2003, when he founded one of the country’s first-ever hospital-based farmers markets at the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. The hospital and surrounding community embraced the farmers market; today, Kaiser Permanente has 30 farmers markets and farm stands in four states. Thanks to Dr. Maring’s efforts, locally grown produce also is part of patient meals at 23 of Kaiser Permanente’s regional hospitals.
“At Kaiser Permanente we believe that ensuring good health extends beyond the doctor’s office. Dr. Maring’s work to bring farmers markets to our hospitals has been a great program that allows us to offer healthy choices to our members, doctors, staff and communities,” said
Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to sponsoring farmers markets at its facilities has helped people eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. A survey conducted in 2005 reported that 71 percent of the attendees at Kaiser Permanente farmers markets were eating more fruits and vegetables as a result of shopping there.
“As a physician, I know that a diet built around fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables is the cornerstone of preventive medicine and a key to people’s overall health,” said Dr. Maring. “I was thrilled to contribute the introduction to EatingWell in Season to show readers that eating food that is good for us, good for our children, good for the farmers who grow it, and that is good for the planet, is the right thing to do.”
EatingWell in Season is packed with 150 easy, delicious and healthy recipes focused on seasonal fresh foods. The cookbook celebrates farm-fresh ingredients and provides tips and tricks for shopping at farmers markets.
“We were delighted to work with Dr. Maring for the EatingWell in Season cookbook,” said
Farmers’ market recipes from Dr. Maring and featured recipes from EatingWell in Season can be found online at Dr. Maring’s blog: www.kp.org/farmersmarketrecipes.
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SOURCE Kaiser Permanente