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Custom meals could help curb hospital stays for people with chronic disease

Good food isn’t just good for the body — it could also curb hospital stays and health care costs for some patients with chronic conditions.

Good food isn’t just good for the body — it might also curb hospital stays and health care costs for some patients with chronic conditions, according to new research.

The study, published Monday in Health Affairs, followed patients who received medically tailored meals from Community Servings. The Boston-based nonprofit has been dishing up chickpea curries, quinoa salads, and turkey chilis for nearly three decades to individuals with chronic diseases who have trouble shopping for and preparing meals.

Researchers found that people who received medically tailored meals were less likely to use pricey health care services,

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