Healthy food is important for the prevention and treatment of chronic health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.  The UW Health family medicine team believes food is medicine and created this website as a resource to guide you to better health with an emphasis on increasing produce consumption. In the spirit of The Wisconsin Idea, we are working with partners throughout Wisconsin to create nutrition security for all – a vision that everyone in Wisconsin EATS Healthy. Nutrition security exists when a person has physical, social, and economic access to enough, safe, and healthy food that meets their needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life at all times.

WISCONSIN EATS HEALTHY

Fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and vegetables are a delicious way to make every bite count! Try to get 4-5 servings every day. Consider tracking your intake with an app like SMART 5-A-DAY which is rated E for everyone and is available in the Google Play store.

Snacks can help you meet your daily nutrient needs. They can keep your energy high throughout the day. Try a snack from each of the food groups! (en espanol)

Low Cost Snacks

  • Nuts + Dried Fruit
  • Crackers + Cheese stick
  • Apple or Banana + Nut butter
  • Raw Vegetables + Hummus or Yogurt Dip
  • Fruit + Yogurt
  • Roasted edamame or chickpeas
  • Trail mix
  • Pretzels + Hummus
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Cheese cubes + Fruit (like apple or grapes)
  • Cottage cheese + Fruit or Tomatoes
  • Tuna packet + Crackers
  • Guacamole + Veggies or chips
  • Cucumber or celery + Cream cheese
  • Dehydrated fruit
  • Whole grain tortillas + Banana + Nut butter

Dips & Dressings

Packaged Snacks

Smoothies

Healthy desserts can provide additional protein and fiber to help you meet your daily nutrient needs.

Making a plan before heading to the store can help you get organized, save money, and choose healthy options. There are several ways to eat healthy on a budget.

A meal kit is a subscription service that provides recipes with pre-portioned food ingredients to prepare fresh and portion-controlled home-cooked meals. Some meal kit services also provide microwave ready heat and eat meals. Meals are typically available in several pickup locations and some services also provide home delivery options.

People are eating out more than ever. It is easy to eat more calories, sugars, and fat if you go out without a plan. Explore these ideas for healthy dining out (PDF).

Smoothies & Fruit Bowls

    • BeneBlends (Smoothies, Bowls, Juice) – Junction Rd, West Madison – Dairy Free, Gluten Free
    • Blended –  (Smoothies, Bowls, Juice) – Hilldale, Madison
    • Tropical Smoothie Cafe (also toasted flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas) – Westfield Rd, West Madison.

Salads & Sandwiches

Fish Options

  • Upscale Plant-based Dining
    • Jardin – East Washington, Madison

Medically tailored meals are healthy, fully prepared home-delivered meals (usually 10 meals per week) customized for individuals living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, kidney disease, HIV, and cancer. These are most commonly covered for individuals with Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, low income, and/or certain disabilities.

  • Community Resources
    • Roots4Change
    • Kara Hoerr Nutrition
    • Festival Foods’ Mealtime Mentors
      • From making a meal in 20 minutes to getting your kiddos to eat more fruits and veggies to helping you transition to a new way of eating, Festival Foods’ team of registered dietitians is here to support you. Ask the Mealtime Mentors your food and nutrition questions.
      • Are you starting a new eating pattern or following a restricted diet? The Mealtime Mentors have resources to help make it easier.
    • Hy-Vee Fitchburg
      • Find balanced meal ideas with healthy side suggestions and complete nutrition facts. Just click Print & Shop at the bottom to select which meals you want on the menu this week. It’s that easy.
      • This link will lead you to Hy-Vee food service items as well as a low-sodium and gluten free product list.
      • Personalized shopping assistance/nutrition store tour (FREE). Each tour can be customized, with a Q&A along the way. Most tours last one hour. For more assistance, reach out to dietitian Aryn DeGrave.
  • Nutrition Tracking
  • Goal Setting
  • Meal Delivery

Wisconsin has many different programs that can help you pay for food or childcare costs, obtain health care coverage, find a job, and more. Start out by finding out if you qualify by answering a few questions about your household, income, assets, and expenses on Wisconsin’s ACCESS website.

Health insurance companies are increasingly covering food is medicine benefits for individuals with Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, low income, and/or certain disabilities. These benefits often include medically tailored meals, medically tailored groceries, produce prescription coverage, community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, medically supervised weight loss programs, and more.

  • Quartz
    • Medically Tailored Meals (Quartz Nourishing Meal Program)
      • After Hospital Discharge (or after discharge from a skilled nursing facility):
        • Patients with Quartz Medicare Advantage (HMO) or Dual Eligible (D-SNP or Medicare + Medicaid) can receive 20 nutritious frozen and microwave-ready meals from Foodsmart delivered to their home at no extra cost following discharge. The meals provide easy and accessible healthy eating opportunities during recovery. Prior to receiving the meals, patients develop a personalized food and nutrition plan with a Foodsmart Registered Dietitian (RDN) with support in either Spanish or English.
        • Enrollment:  Contact Foodsmart at (888) 837-5325, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., or by email at telenutrition@foodsmart.com.
        • 1-page handout
      • Congestive Heart Failure:
        • Patients with Quartz Medicare Advantage (HMO) or Dual Eligible (D-SNP or Medicare + Medicaid) who have congestive heart failure (CHF) and are engaged in a Quartz Care Management program (Quartz In Control, Complex Case Management, Health Coaching, Virta) are eligible to receive 2 nutritious frozen and microwave-ready meals per day for 6 weeks from Foodsmart at no extra charge. Meals are delivered every 2 weeks. Prior to receiving the meals, patients develop a personalized food and nutrition plan with a Foodsmart Registered Dietitian (RDN) with support in either Spanish or English. Following 6 weeks of meal delivery, patients can opt-in to receive a medically tailored food box delivered monthly for 6 months.
        • Enrollment:  Contact Foodsmart at (888) 837-5325, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., or by email at telenutrition@foodsmart.com.
    • Medically Supervised Weight Loss
      • Patients with Quartz insurance (Commercial, Medicaid, QMA, D-SNP, or SSI) and Type 2 Diabetes or a BMI > 30 may be eligible for medically-supervised ketogenic nutrition therapy for up to 12 months at no additional cost with Virta for the “reversal” of these chronic conditions. Virta provides unlimited health coaching, supplies for glucose and ketone monitoring, a smartphone app for tracking data, and other resources including recipes, grocery lists, meal plans, and more.
      • Exclusions:  Age under 18 or over 80; Type 1 diabetes; Pregnant or nursing; Diabetic ketoacidosis in past 12 months; Stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease or on dialysis
      • Enrollment:  Contact Virta at (844) 918-4782 or enroll online
      • 1-page handout