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When Ken was diagnosed with kidney disease and told he’d need to start dialysis, he was given a list of foods he shouldn’t eat. “I looked at it and thought, ‘I can’t eat anything!’” Ken said.
An avid reader and lover of learning, Ken decided to learn all he could about what he should and shouldn’t eat to manage his kidney disease and other health conditions. His health care providers at Fresenius Kidney Care, where Ken receives dialysis, were happy to help. Continue reading →
Most people know that a healthy diet can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. But what if you’ve already been diagnosed? Can what you eat have a positive impact on your health or the amount you spend on health care?
The answer for many people is yes, according to research conducted this year by Project Angel Heart, a Colorado nonprofit that prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses, and the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC). The study used medical claims data from more than 700 Project Angel Heart clients to compare their total monthly medical costs before, during, and after they received meal deliveries.
While receiving medically tailored meals, total monthly medical costs for people living with congestive heart failure decreased by 26 percent, an average cost savings of $735 per month per person. Continue reading →
I had the chance to share this recipe with some friends on New Year’s Eve. After we finished eating, one of them asked that I share my secret for cooking delicious collard greens. I love to share my recipes, so here it is!
I like to make these on New Year’s Eve because eating greens on that day is supposed to bring you good fortune in the coming year, but these are also delicious any time—particularly when it’s cold outside.
Slow-Cooked Collard Greens with Bacon
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More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and 84 million have prediabetes. One in every seven health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications. 
So Project Angel Heart is teaming up with Telligen QIN-QIO, an organization that improves the effectiveness and value of Medicare services in Colorado, on a pilot program to address diabetes throughout the state. Continue reading →
With the holiday season upon us, we’re taking some time to look back on this year and reflect on the things we’re grateful for. One of those things- a generous grant award from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) to support research and education related to food as medicine.
TCI is an Iowa-based, private charitable foundation. They awarded Project Angel Heart with $30,000 to support our efforts to build evidence that shows the connection between medically tailored meals and reducing health care costs and utilization. Continue reading →