Health provider promotes healthy eating

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A local health provider Thursday promoted healthy eating-by holding its own farmers market.

Coplin Health Systems provided vouchers to 100 of its patients, which they could redeem to pick up fresh vegetables and similar goods for free.

The goal is to promote healthy lifestyles.

It's called the "farmacy", and the health organization determined the recipients according to their vital signs.

"We're looking at patients' BMI's, their labs, their A1c's if they're diabetic," says Jenna Carr, Office Manager for Parkersburg Family Care and a representative of WVU Extension service, "just to see if they can improve, teach them to prepare the food, give them some different recipes to try to make them healthier."

Coplin got a $5,000 grant from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to host the farmers market.

It hopes to expand the program to Wirt and Jackson Counties as well.