Jun 11 2014

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Wellness Ed Program

Finding reliable resources of health and wellness information can be a challenge.  Since 1906, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has provided Texans with guidance in various health areas and is now training volunteers to provide more communities with the education and tools needed for healthy living.

The Master Wellness Volunteer Initiative is an AgriLife Extension program that provides volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education. In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service. The volunteer opportunities are diverse – giving presentations for local community groups, assisting with periodic cooking schools, distributing information at health fairs, and much more. Previous health or wellness training is not required, but an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same is.

In Gregg County, we have a vast array of opportunities to work with all types of audiences from adult to children and in all areas of the county.  We have a cooking school, a diabetes conference, and many more programs coming up and we need volunteers to assist in the various programs.

Volunteer training for the program will be held from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. during June and July starting on June 23rd.  The exact dates are:  June 23, June 26, July 2, July 7 and July 15.  The cost of the program is $50 and includes a focus on physical activity, nutrition, food safety and food demonstrations, child health, various AgriLife Extension health programs, and more. Those interested in participating may call the AgriLife Extension office in Gregg County at 903-236-8428 or e-mail dc-smith@tamu.edu for more information.


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