Nationwide, 37% of Cambodian Americans have diabetes and the death rate of Cambodians with diabetes is six times more than the mainstream community. To address these health issues, the nutrition program developed a culturally competent curriculum that encouraged participants to eat more fruits and vegetables. UCAM reconnects participants with their eating habits in their home countries where produce is a core part of their diet.
UCAM works with Kolap restaurant to provide meals to the seniors in the program five days a week. The nutrition program is a multifaceted program that combines community gardening, traditional foods, and nutrition education. The program is financially supported by Partners in Nutrition based in St. Paul, Minnesota.