Community Meal Programs
We provide expertise, guidance and training to organizations striving to offer nutritious foods. We do this through meal and menu modification, training, and program evaluation.Community Meal Programs
Our team works with more than 50 schools in Northwest Arkansas to increase access to healthy choices for students so they can live longer and healthier lives.School Support
Through Delivering Health, we provide nutritious food, recipes, shopping lists, and diabetes management education to food insecure families across Arkansas.Delivering Health
Double Your Dollars
SNAP and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) participants may receive a ‘match’ for purchases made at participating NWA farmers’ markets. Learn more here.Double Your Dollars
The Healthy Food Systems team provides expertise, guidance, and hands-on training to organizations and schools striving to offer nutritious foods and healthy eating habits. Through multiple programs, the team works to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food.
41% of Arkansas adults have high blood pressure, putting them at risk for diabetes. Our team has worked with numerous schools and congregate meal programs to provide better access to healthy foods that can prevent diabetes. We increased healthy products purchased by partnering food banks by 32%, and reduced sodium in community meal programs by 19%. Together, with our partners and community, we are creating a better state of health for all.
Our Healthy Foods team’s work has been recognized and supported through partnerships across the United States, including agencies in Reno, Nev.; Columbus, Ohio; Brooklyn/Queens, New York; Florida; and Puerto Rico.
“UAMS has provided educational resources for our students, parents and kitchen employees … the UAMS team constantly looks for ways to assist our program in growth, whether it’s connecting us with resources, developing educational materials, or [prior to the COVID-19 pandemic] visiting our kitchens to find ways where we can improve.” – Melissa Ralston, Bentonville Aramark Child Nutrition Dietitian
Healthy Food Systems Programs
CHEFS (Creating Healthy Environments for Schools)
The CHEFS Program empowers local schools to implement impactful nutrition changes to their food service programs so they can offer healthier foods to students.CHEFS
Community of Practice
UAMS CHR, along with partner organizations and community members, has launched a community of practice to address food insecurity in Northwest Arkansas.Community of Practice
Our team works to reduce Type 2 Diabetes among food insecure families through specialized food delivery and education. Learn more here.Delivering Health
Double Your Dollars
The Northwest Arkansas Farmers’ Market Alliance ‘Double Your Dollars‘ Match Program is available to SNAP and FMNP participants in Northwest Arkansas. Learn more here.Double Your Dollars
News & Success Stories
UAMS joins with 24 community partners to address food insecurity in NWA
24 Northwest Arkansas organizations are banding together with UAMS CHR to help break down barriers that prevent equitable access to healthy food.Read Full Story
UAMS, Farmington Schools creating healthier meals for students
UAMS Community Health and Research (CHR) and Farmington Public Schools are working together to create healthier meals and eating environments for students.Read Full Story
CHR’s Jenn Clampitt earns CDCES certification
Jenn Clampitt, a Registered Dietitian (RD) on the UAMS CHR Healthy Food Systems team, recently passed the certification exam to become a CDCES.Read Full Story
Read more Community Health & Research Success Stories here.