Origins of the program
Part of the mission of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) includes addressing disparities in minority communities, and educating these communities on healthier lifestyles. One of the most glaring disparities that minorities face is the epidemic of obesity. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 1.4 times more likely to be obese than whites.
Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays is designed to educate African American communities about healthier alternatives to preparing Southern-style (soul) foods. The program seeks to reach communities and individual participants to offer healthier ways of preparing dishes that are culturally relevant.
Objective of the program
We encourage you to join the Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays Program and complete the 21-day Meal Replacement Plan to begin the transition to healthier living through alternative food preparation methods. Then we want you to continue using recipes from our Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays Cookbook to continue this lifestyle change!
The AMHC was established through Act 912 of 1991, initiated by lead sponsor (then) Senator Bill Lewellen. The Act specified that the AMHC would:
- Study issues relating to the delivery of and access to health services for minorities in Arkansas
- Identify any gaps in the health service delivery system that particularly affect minorities
- Make recommendations to relevant agencies and to the legislature for improving the delivery of and access to health services for minorities
- Study and make recommendations as to whether adequate services are available to ensure future minority health needs will be met.
Vision of AMHC
The vision of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission is that minority Arkansans have equal access to health, health care and preventive well care.
Goal of AMHC
The goal of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission is to bridge the gap in the health status of the minority population and that of the majority population in Arkansas.