Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market Founder Preston Maring, MD, Wins Home Front Award
September 24, 2009
Preston Maring, MD, who started Kaiser Permanente's first farmers market in 2003, is being honored by the National Park Service with the 2009 World War II Home Front Award.
Dr. Maring will receive the award at the annual Home Front Festival, which takes place in Richmond, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 3. He is receiving the award for his role in establishing farmers markets at more than 35 Kaiser Permanente facilities across the country.
Kaiser Permanente first encouraged healthy eating as preventive medicine in the Kaiser Shipyards during the war. Dr. Sidney R. Garfield, founder of the medical care program, and his fellow physicians urged shipyard workers to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables in the face of shortages.
For more about Dr. Maring’s award, and the Home Front Festival, read this item in “A History of Total Health,” Kaiser Permanente’s history blog.