Master Wellness Volunteer training starts Jan. 26 in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will offer a Master Wellness Volunteer program training beginning Jan. 26 at its offices in Suite 208 of the Conroy Square office complex, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive in San Antonio.

“AgriLife Extension is committed to improving the overall health and well-being of Texans through relevant, research-based education,” said Erika Alaman, AgriLife Extension health and wellness educator, Bexar County.

Alaman said the Master Wellness program is designed to provide participants with research-based education delivered through a combination of online and in-person training. In-person training will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26, with self-paced online training from Jan. 26-Feb. 15. There will be a final in-person training from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 15.

“This training will be conducted by the agency’s county agents and health professionals who have access to the latest research-based information in the area of health and wellness,” she said. “After getting 40 hours of training, volunteers commit to giving back 40 hours of service to the community.”

The fee is $75 for adults and $25 for students. Lunch is included during in-person training. Space is limited, so participants are requested to contact the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County at 210-631-0400 to register as soon as possible.

Training topics include nutrition, dietary guidelines, food safety, heart disease, diabetes, healthy lifestyle choices, adult and child health, and more.

Research shows at least 50 percent of health status is due to lifestyle factors such as physical activity, tobacco use, nutrition and weight, according to Angie Gutierrez, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent, Bexar County.

“The agency has various programs to help Texans learn and adopt behaviors that can positively impact their health and wellness, but we need help in bringing those programs to audiences in need,” Gutierrez said.

She said while businesspeople, retirees, homemakers, and current and former teachers are among those who have taken the training, all that is needed to volunteer is an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same.

“The volunteer opportunities are diverse, including giving presentations for local community groups, assisting with healthy cooking demonstrations, distributing information at health fairs, working with schools and after-school programs, and data entry,” Gutierrez said.

She said a certification exam on the final day of training assures each volunteer has received the tools and knowledge needed to bring practical and objective health and wellness education to the community.

For more information, contact Alaman at the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County or email her aterika.alaman@ag.tamu.edu.

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