About Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays (SAFS)

At the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, your health is our priority.  The Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays Program is our effort to focus on encouraging simple lifestyle changes that will have a significant impact on the lives of minority communities across the state. This program will provide you with recipes and food preparation alternatives designed to jumpstart your change to a healthier lifestyle. We want to make healthy choice an easy one. In addition to our renowned cookbook, we have a 21-day plan that will walk you through daily participation in our user-friendly program.

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.

SAFS is designed to educate Arkansas minority 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. We want you to continue using recipes from our SAFS Cookbook after you complete the program to continue this lifestyle change!

How the program works

By learning how to prepare traditional soul food recipes in healthier ways, you can change your life without giving up the foods you love. The Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays program can help you do just that. Upon submitting a valid registration by going to our web app, you will have access to our online toolkit that will provide you with everything you need to complete the 21-day meal replacement plan.

Your toolkit will include:

  • SAFS Web App Access– Track your calories, steps, and more!
  • 21-Day Plan – Follow it for a three-week transformation toward better health.
  • Recipe Cards

Once you’ve received access to your toolkit, follow the instructions on your Welcome Letter to get started.

After completing the plan, you will receive your Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays Cookbook to continue your healthy lifestyle change.

For Individuals

Welcome to the start of your wonderful lifestyle change!

You have taken the first step towards improving the quality of your health and well-being.

By learning how to prepare traditional soul food recipes in healthier ways, you can change your life without giving up the foods you love. The Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays program can help you do just that. Upon submitting a valid registration, you will receive a toolkit that will provide you with everything you need to complete the 21-day meal replacement plan.

Your toolkit will include:

  • Access to SAFS web app.
  • Motivational support.
  • 21-Day Plan – Follow it for a three-week transformation toward better health.

Once you’ve registered, follow the instructions on your Welcome Letter to get started.

After completing the plan, you can then request your Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays Cookbook to continue your healthy lifestyle change.

Go ahead, make the first small step toward a big transformation that starts with accessing your Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays 21-Day Plan and Toolkit!

For Groups

For groups participating in the Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays Program, an important step is to identify two key participants: a Program Coordinator and the Planning Committee. These roles will include facilitating with individuals to complete the following steps. Their roles are outlined below.

Roles of key participants

Key Contact/Program Coordinator

The role of the Program Coordinator includes:

  • Being a responsible and committed advocate for SAFS efforts and changing the way members think about soul food prep
  • Exercising the option to attend a 90-minute training session that explains the concept of the SAFS Program and how it works, in addition to the guidelines provided in the toolkit
  • Organizing meetings and activities with the Planning Committee
  • Remaining updated on activities organized to engage members in the SAFS program
  • Providing feedback to AMHC staff/designees about SAFS activities, updates, successes, etc.
  • Providing program information to the Planning Committee and using the material in the program kit to motivate/educate participants and to encourage others to join the program
  • Overseeing the program implementation with the Planning Committee

Planning Committee

The role of the Planning Committee includes:

  • Overseeing/managing the program
  • Educating participants about the specifics of the program (i.e. how it works, how to use the tools, etc.)
  • Holding scheduled meetings that include a detailed agenda listing specific goals
  • Establishing a systematic communications routine among committee members
  • Forming small working groups to accomplish goals
  • Planning activities for the SAFS program that focus on healthy food-preparation methods (such as food tastings of SAFS recipes and cooking classes)
  • Becoming “Ambassadors” for the SAFS program and identifying and recruiting program participants
  • Developing a “rewards” system for participants who successfully forge new eating habits as a result of the program
  • Working with the Program Coordinator to provide feedback to AMHC staff/designees about the program