Extension Service to offer Wellness Ambassador Program

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is now taking applications for the Extension Wellness Ambassador Program. This is the second year for the program that will teach participants simple strategies to improve their own health and the health of their neighbors in Jefferson County.

The Extension Wellness Ambassador training program will be offered over five sessions held Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sessions will rotate among locations in Jefferson, Bradley and Cleveland counties.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. Following training and Extension Wellness Ambassador Certification, volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service to help others live healthier.

Training begins on Aug. 2 at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 500 S. Idaho St., with instruction on nutrition basics and physical activity. Other training sessions include:

• Strength training

• Exercise to improve balance and flexibility

• Preventing and managing chronic disease

• Avoiding portion distortion

• Health behavior change strategies that stick

• Understanding personality types

Cooperative Extension Service professionals, health professionals and other specialists in their field will conduct all training. The $40 registration fee covers all training materials. The deadline for applications is July 21.

For an application form, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County family and consumer sciences agent at 870-534-1033 or email mkizer@uaex.edu.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its program to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.