Family enjoying healthy vegetablesAre your taste buds longing for home style biscuits for breakfast, crispy oven-fried chicken for lunch or mouth-watering meatloaf for dinner? You don’t have to say no and you don’t have to feel guilty about it.

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) and Arkansas Department of Health have joined forces to help Arkansas’ minority populations lead healthier lives with the Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays (SAFS) 21-day meal replacement program. The SAFS program was designed to offer you healthier, more fulfilling versions of your childhood favorite meals.

The newest component of the AMHC’s SAFS program is Walk With Ease, a fitness program created by the Arthritis Foundation to help reduce arthritic pain and improve health. Walk With Ease offers participants an in-depth guidebook that details the walking process from beginning to end. Whether you’re a new walker or you’ve always been physically fit, Walk With Ease has something unique to offer you.

The SAFS program is completely free and can be done in groups or by an individual. When you sign up, you’ll receive a health and nutrition guide that walks you through each day of the program, provides recommended portion sizes and examples, includes the recommended daily allowances, and defines each term located on the nutrition label. You’ll also receive the Walk With Ease guidebook that details what you’ll need before you take your first walk, tips and strategies to help you stick with the program and methods you can use to make walking fun.

Walk your way into a healthier lifestyle and enjoy healthy soul food recipes that coincide with your overall health goals. To sign up for the SAFS program and Walk With Ease, visit the AMHC at www.arminorityhealth.com/initiatives/southern-aint-fried-sundays or contact AMHC health specialist LaCoya Stewart at LaCoya.Stewart@arkansas.gov.

By Brittany Desmuke, MA
Arkansas Minority Health Commission