Master wellness volunteers needed for new area program
Cheryl Walker

Do you want to become a Master Wellness volunteer? The Master Wellness Volunteer Program is an engaging series of five (5) day-long classes that provide volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education.

In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service to the community. The training focuses on nutrition and dietary guidelines, food safety and food demonstrations, healthy lifestyles choices and children’s health.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offices in Milam, Bell and Williamson counties are joining forces to provide the training. Classes will be conducted in Bell County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6. If you are interested in the training you need to register by Jan. 2. The cost of the training series and resources is $50.

You can register for the training at the Milam County Extension Office, call 254-697-7045 or email Let me know if you need additional information about the training.

‘STEP UP, SCALE DOWN’—If your New Year’s resolution is to get on the right track to healthy eating and exercise, then consider the “Step Up and Scale Down” 12-week series to get started in the right direction. Sign-up and participate in the “Step Up and Scale Down” for 12-weeks and motivate yourself to feel better, reduce your weight, reduce risk from major chronic diseases and improve eating habits. Ask a friend or relative to join you to keep you motivated to make changes.

Each week the session will start with a private weigh-in that is followed by a lesson from a variety of speakers. At the first session there will be free blood pressure and glucose checks by the Milam County Health Department.

Throughout the series, donors will be providing a variety of free items to help you stay on the right track to improving your health. Little River Medical Clinics, Scott and White Clinic and Pharmacy and Milam County Health Depar tment along with the Results Fitness in Cameron and Snap Fitness in Rockdale are some of the donors.

The local fitness centers are providing four thirty minute sessions for everyone in the series. Details on the fitness sessions from Results Fitness in Cameron and Snap Fitness in Rockdale will be provided at the first meetings in January.

The “Step Up and Scale Down” 12-week series will be conducted in Cameron and Rockdale. A registration fee of $30 will provide you with a notebook of educational information, recipes and guides to help you make 2013 the year you “Step Up and Scale Down.” If you have Scott and White insurance, your registration fee will be waived by showing your medical card at the first class.

All sessions will be from 6-7 p.m. at the following locations:

Rockdale— Every Tuesday starting on Jan. 8 at the Rockdale General Store meet ing room

Cameron—Every Thursday starting on Jan. 10 at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce meeting room in Cameron.

“Step Up and Scale Down” is a 12-week educational program being taught by representat ives from Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Service - Milam County Of f ice, Little Rive Health Care Clinic, Scott and White Healthcare Clinic and Pharmacy and Milam County Health Department.

For more information, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron, call us at 254-697- 7045 or email Get on the right track for 2013 by signing up for the “Step Up and Scale Down” program.

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