Program Trains Volunteers to Help Texans Improve Health



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In the United States, 86 percent of health spending is related to chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these costs can be managed and potentially reduced through education and lifestyle modification.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is seeking participants for its Master Wellness Volunteer (MWV) Program. They undergo 40 hours of training on health, nutrition, and food safety and are then empowered to provide outreach and education, helping reduce the burden of chronic conditions in Texans and their communities. Participation is not limited to health professionals — college students, employees, retirees, and anyone interested in promoting health and wellness are invited to attend. 

In January, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding statewide training for Master Wellness Volunteers. Training takes place locally and online.

Opportunities to serve are wide-ranging: giving presentations for local groups, assisting with healthy cooking demonstrations, participating in health fairs and much more. Because each community is different, MWVs work with the County Extension Agent and other stakeholders to identify needs and opportunities to help make a local difference. Because MWVs come from diverse backgrounds, they’re often able to identify novel topics, audiences, and resources in the area.

For more information about the Master Wellness Volunteer Program, visit agrilife.org or email mwv@ag.tamu.edu with contact information and the county in which you live.

Submitted by Melisa Rhodes, Family and Community Health Agent, Van Zandt County

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