LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-We go to our doctors for everything health, now future doctors who go through UAMS will also be able to offer their patients “Culinary Medicine”.
Currently, Arkansas ranks in the top 10 in the US in three categories obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
UAMS recently cooked up the pilot program it looks to implement in the medical curriculum this spring.
This 4th-year elective program aims to educate doctors on how to target cooking for different conditions to better advise their patients.
“There is a lot of say about food being medicine. A lot of people when they seek advice they go to their physician first, so if we can have that knowledge ourselves and let them know ‘oh well I’ve tried this recipe or this works for me,’ I think patients are more likely to heed that advice,” said Med Student Jordan Fletcher.
“We believe we are cooking for a healthier Arkansas,” explained program creator Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis.
The curriculum should be implemented permanently in the spring.