UT/TSU Extension Graduates Two Health & Wellness Volunteers


Volunteers from Cheatham County and Robertson County make up the Extension Health & Wellness Ambassador graduating class. This is the first year the volunteer training program has been offered in Tennessee. The program is based on the Master Gardener Program model of learning in exchange for community service.


“The Extension Health & Wellness Ambassador Program equips volunteers to make a positive impact in their communities by helping others live healthier lives,” explained Dr. Washburn. “We are very proud of our group of Health & Wellness Ambassadors and look forward to their work to improve health in Tennessee.”


The team of Extension Health & Wellness Ambassadors includes Miles Reidelberger from Pleasant View and Marjorie Norris from Springfield. Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agents Aneta Eichler, Cheatham County and Lauren Patterson, Robertson County 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.

“I am proud of Miles and Marjorie for being our very first two Ambassadors in the State of Tennessee.” States Mrs. Eichler. “Moving our communities towards healthier lifestyles will benefit everyone.”


For information regarding our Extension Health and Wellness Ambassador Training, please call our office at 615-792-4420 or email adodd2@utk.edu. We are currently taking applications for a 2021 class.

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