Training will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays Oct. 6- Nov. 3 at the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio.
The deadline for registration is Sept. 15.
“Participants in Master Wellness training receive 40 hours of health and wellness education,” said Dr. Connie Sheppard, AgriLife Extension agent for family and consumer sciences and training coordinator. “Once they graduate, they’re required to give at least 40 hours of volunteer service back to the community.”
Sheppard says wellness training focuses on basic nutrition and dietary guidelines, food safety, health education, weight management, health and nutrition trends, public speaking, food preparation and healthy lifestyle choices. Training is provided by experts from AgriLife Extension, an agency of the Texas A&M System.
“The program provides Bexar County residents with objective, science-based information needed to make healthy lifestyle choices,” Sheppard said. “Volunteers are critical to helping us deliver our wellness programming to the community.”
Sheppard said while previous volunteers have included health and wellness professionals, others have been social workers, homemakers or retirees.
“To be a volunteer, all you really need is the ability and desire to learn about and then to teach others how to make more informed choices affecting their health and wellness,” she said.
Sheppard said Master Wellness volunteers provide instruction to adults and youth in small group settings, such as community centers, service or volunteer organization locations, schools, churches and businesses.
The fee for training is $50, which covers the cost of materials. Participants receive a binder with copies of all training presentations, as well as healthy recipes to be shared with those in the community.
For more information, go to http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/ or contact Sheppard at 210-467-6575 or firstname.lastname@example.org .