The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County recently hosted its third annual Master Wellness Volunteer training, which provided 18 new volunteers with an abundance of health and wellness information they will now share with the community.
Gutierrez said the program is designed to provide participants with diverse health and wellness instruction through a combination of online and in-person training. After receiving 40 hours of training, volunteers commit to giving back 40 hours of service to the community.
The in-person portion of the instruction was given at the AgriLife Extension office located in the Conroy Square office complex, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio.
Training was conducted by the agency’s county agents and health professionals. Training topics included nutrition, dietary guidelines, food safety, heart disease, diabetes, healthy lifestyle choices, and adult and child health. Participants were also introduced to the agency’s Growing and Nourishing Healthy Communities curriculum and its Learn Grow Eat & Go! Curriculum.
Gutierrez said research shows at least 50 percent of health status is due to lifestyle factors such as physical activity, tobacco use, nutrition and weight.
“These trainings provide the volunteers with the tools and knowledge needed to bring practical and objective health and wellness education to the community, and to change those behaviors that are keeping them from being healthier individuals,” she said.
To get more information on the next Master Wellness Volunteer training in Bexar County, contact Gutierrez at 210-631-0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.