Kaiser Permanente’s own Preston Maring, MD, shared his Thanksgiving menu – developed using organic, locally sourced produce – on a live ABC News broadcast Wednesday morning.
Dr. Maring, who founded Kaiser Permanente’s farmers’ markets program in 2003, talked about why good food is such a key ingredient in the recipe for healthy living. Dr. Maring recounted how he created the farmers’ market program because he thought that his patients and colleagues could live healthier lives if they consumed more fruits and vegetables.
He opened Kaiser Permanente’s first farmers’ market at Oakland Medical Center in 2003. Today , 38 Kaiser Permanente facilities offer organic produce markets. Further, Kaiser Permanente’s medical centers in Northern California use organic produce in thousands of patient meals each day.
Maring recently received a Kellogg Foundation Food in Society Policy Fellowship for his work creating the farmers’ markets.