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Be Part of Something Big! by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent




In the United States, 86% of all health spending is related to chronic conditions – things 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 in Hopkins  County is seeking participants for its 2021 Master Wellness Volunteer Program.  Master Wellness Volunteers (MWV) 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 Texas’ communities.  Not a health professional?  Not a problem!  We welcome participation from anyone interested in promoting health and wellness: college students, employees, retirees – anyone!

Opportunities to serve are wide-ranging: assisting with healthy cooking demonstrations, participating in health fairs, assisting with 4-H foods projects,  giving presentations for local community groups 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.

In January, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will convene a statewide training for Master Wellness Volunteers…and you don’t even have to leave your county.  Two in-person sessions will be held at our Hopkins County Extension office and the rest of the training will be conducted online. (If you want don’t live in Hopkins County, but want to volunteer here, you are welcome.  You may also contact the Extension Office in your county to see if they will be hosting the training.)  It’s never been easier to give back to your community!  Online study at your own pace will be available the entire month of February, and the final face-to-face session will be Wednesday, March 3.

For more information about the Master Wellness Volunteer Program, visit http://agrilife.org/mwv.  Contact my office at 903-885-3443 for registration information. 

Closing Thought

When hanging on by a thread, make sure it is the hem of His garment – Toby Mac

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