The Financial Case for Food as Medicine: Introduction of a ROI Calculator

Am J Health Promot. 2022 Jun;36(5):768-771. doi: 10.1177/08901171211070751. Epub 2022 Jan 17.


Diet quality is now established as the single leading predictor of perennial premature death in modern countries. However, practice at scale in modern medicine is driven as much by financial as clinical imperatives and yet, the ability to quantify the potential ROI of Food as medicine (FaM) interventions is limited by a lack of data. Utilizing a novel advance in dietary assessment and data from the peer-reviewed literature, we constructed and tested a web-based calculator simulating the return-on-investment associated with FaM interventions.

Keywords: diet quality; financial impact; health communications; nutrition; return on investment.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Humans