How This Hybrid Restaurant X Medical & Wellness Center Is Tackling 'Food As Medicine'

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How This Hybrid Restaurant X Medical & Wellness Center Is Tackling 'Food As Medicine'

After 44 years, Whole Foods founder and former CEO John Mackey finally left the company last fall to pursue a venture he co-founded with former Co-CEO Walter Robb and former SVP Betsy Foster called Healthy America, "an evidence-based lifestyle company, leading the convergence of culinary, healthcare, and wellness." After raising $31mm in equity, the company acquired Love Life Cafe, a vegan restaurant in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, to help accelerate the R&D of its culinary program. Healthy America thus rebranded to Love.Life, an all-encompassing brand spanning restaurants, telehealth, and physical medical and wellness centers. In March, it acquired Plant Based TeleHealth, a national telemedicine service focused on β€œthe prevention and reversal of chronic disease utilizing lifestyle medicine.” Last month, the team launched its first Love.Life restaurant in Culver City, CA that will also feature a neighboring medical and wellness center to offer β€œholistic medical care and wellness therapies from around the world to make lasting health and vitality attainable.” This week, HNGRY visited the restaurant and conducted a telehealth consultation to make sense of this multi-faceted approach.

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