Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., has partnered with Performance Kitchen to launch medically tailored meals (MTMs). These meals are designed by registered dietitians to meet the unique dietary needs of individuals dealing with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This collaboration aims to revolutionize health and wellness by providing evidence-based, personalized nutrition options.
The introduction of MTMs has the potential to prevent hospitalizations and save health insurers billions of dollars. A study by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University estimates that these tailored meals could prevent 1.6 million hospitalizations and save $13.6 billion in just one year. Over a decade, the savings could reach $185.1 billion.
Kroger Health and Performance Kitchen share a common goal of integrating Food as Medicine into people’s daily lives. They have worked together to create meals that meet nutritional standards and cater to diverse populations, including culturally relevant foods. Some of the meal options include Chicken Dijon with Kale, Moroccan Style Chicken with Quinoa, Vegetable Chickpea Curry, and Salmon Pasta.
Kroger Health complements the MTMs with virtual appointments with registered dietitians and access to healthy groceries. This holistic approach aims to enhance nutrition security and improve patient outcomes. The MTMs crafted for this collaboration are approved by Kroger Health registered dietitians and prioritize the use of high-quality proteins, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, and fiber while keeping sodium and added sugar in check.
This partnership between Kroger Health and Performance Kitchen marks a significant milestone in healthcare innovation. The personalized approach to wellness, along with virtual dietitian appointments and access to healthy groceries, makes healthcare more comprehensive. The potential cost savings and prevention of hospital visits demonstrate the transformative power of this initiative.
– Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
– Zacks Investment Research