FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A new curriculum at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is teaching students how to use food as medicine.

The college’s Northwest Regional Campus partnered with Brightwater in Bentonville to kickoff a culinary medicine curriculum.

Its goal is to teach students how to use cooking methods to help patients overcome various conditions. 

Arkansas is among the top ten states for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

UAMS hopes educating doctors on the power of food will lower those risks in the state.

“Be a little more confident in the kitchen and that confidence can translate into cooking a little bit more or talking to their patients not just about ‘You should eat this,’ but ‘I just tried this new recipe and it’s delicious and maybe you want to try it,'” said Erin Szopiak, dietitian.

The culinary medicine course was a one-time, three hour session. 

Brightwater hopes to continue to work with UAMS to host more students in the future.