Ashland City, TN – Twenty-two people from seven counties have been named ambassadors, tasked with helping encourage others to improve health habits, said Lisa Washburn, a community health specialist with University of Tennessee Extension.
Three volunteers from Cheatham County are among the Extension Health & Wellness Ambassador graduating class. This is the second year the volunteer training program, based on the Master Gardener program model of learning in exchange for community service, has been offered in Tennessee.
“The Extension Health & Wellness Ambassador Program equips volunteers to make a positive impact in their communities by helping others live healthier lives,” Washburn said. “We are very proud of our group of Health & Wellness Ambassadors and look forward to their work to improve health in Tennessee.”
Cheatham County Extension Health & Wellness Ambassadors include Claudette Fizer from Ashland City, TN; Darlene Smith from Pleasant View, TN; and Cyndi st Hilaire from Kingston Springs, TN. Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Aneta Eichler, will act as advisors for the Ambassadors in conducting their projects and planning future activities to improve community health.
Health & Wellness Ambassadors received 40 hours of training in health, nutrition, and physical activity over a five-week period. As part of the program, they will give back at least 40 hours of volunteer service to help others live healthier lives. Throughout their training, Ambassadors worked with their county’s Family and Consumer Sciences agent to identify community needs and plan a project to address health issues.
“Working with a team of individuals who know their community and are passionate about health and wellness has been so invigorating. We have great plans to get Cheatham County moving more!” said Aneta Eichler, UT/TSU Extension Agent.
Health & Wellness Ambassadors will work on projects targeting their communities. Planned projects include May Marathon, Walk Across TN and Movement Meet Ups at our various park locations. As volunteers for Tennessee Extension, Health & Wellness Ambassadors will extend the reach of extension educational programs focused on improving health.
Additional Extension Health & Wellness Ambassador trainings are planned for Spring 2023. For more information, contact UT/TSU Extension Cheatham County at 615-792-4420 or email email@example.com.