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Training for New Master Wellness Volunteer Program begins in January Finding reliable resources of health and wellness information can be a challenge. Since 1906, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has provided Texans with guidance in various health areas and is now training volunteers to provide more communities with the education and tools needed for healthy living.

The Master Wellness Volunteer Initiative is an AgriLife Extension program that provides volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education. In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service. The volunteer opportunities are diverse – giving presentations for local community groups, assisting with periodic cooking schools, distributing information at health fairs, and much more. Previous health or wellness training is not required, but an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same is.

“This is a new and exciting opportunity for individuals interested in learning how to successfully provide wellness information and programs as part of a church ministry, at the worksite, during local health fairs and more.  If you enjoy helping others and want to make a difference in Shelby and San Augustine counties, then this program is for you,” said Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health.


Volunteer training for the program will be held during two in-person classes from 5 to 7 pm at the Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas, and three on your own online classes.  Cost for this training is $75 with reimbursement of $50 upon completion of the training.  Cost for full-time enrolled college students is $25.  Training fee includes volunteer shirt, name badge, and background check.  Registration in advance is required.

First in person class:  January 22, 2019
Last in person class:  February 19, 2019


The training will focus on physical activity, nutrition, food safety and food demonstrations, child health, various AgriLife Extension health programs, and more. Those interested in participating may call the AgriLife Extension office in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 or email at or in San Augustine at 936-275-3644 or email at for more information.




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