Training Offered for Volunteers Interested in Running Employee Wellness Programs

Writer(s): Mike Jackson, 972-952-9232,mcjackson@ag.tamu.edu
Contact(s): Carrie Brazeal, 972-424-2460, ext. 4233, c-brazeal@tamu.edu

DALLAS - The Texas AgriLife Extension Service has set a Wellness in Texas Master Volunteer training for five dates in February and March, an AgriLife Extension agent said.

Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 27, and March 5, said Carrie Brazeal, an AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Collin County. It will be held at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road, in Dallas, which is located between the President George Bush Turnpike and Campbell Road.

"This training would be excellent for businesses, school districts and other organizations that are looking for ways to complement or start wellness programs for employees," Brazeal said.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 23, she said. The $60 registration fee, which includes training materials and lunch on all days, must accompany the application.

Volunteers receive 40 hours of training in the areas of health, nutrition and wellness and are expected to pay back 40 hours of service, Brazeal said.

Payback time can be spent teaching classes, coordinating activities, assisting with presentations and testing recipes, she said, and the hours can be customized according to the interests of each volunteer.

While opportunities for payback time vary greatly, volunteers are expected to work within their own organizations after training, she added.

For additional information, contact Brazeal at 972-424-2460, Ext 4233 or email c-brazeal@tamu.edu .