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Volunteers sought for master health program
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is recruiting people interested in becoming trained Smart Aging: Healthy Futures volunteers to help promote well-being among seniors in their communities.
Training sessions have been set up in Oxford and Natchez. Those in the northern half of the state can receive this training Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Oxford at the Lafayette County Extension Office at 101 Veterans Drive. The registration deadline is Jan. 27.
Those in the southern part of the state will be trained in Natchez Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Adams County Extension Office at 75A Carthage Point Road. This registration deadline is Feb. 10.
The MSU Extension Service’s Smart Aging: Healthy Futures program is modeled after other successful Extension volunteer programs that rely on trained volunteers to increase educational outreach in communities across Mississippi.
Applicants need no prior experience, but they must have a love for their community, a willingness to learn and share their knowledge with seniors, and a personal commitment to volunteerism. This is a good opportunity for those who enjoy talking with people, get excited about helping others and want to share health messages with area seniors.
Volunteers participate in a one-day training on health-related topics such as Alzheimer’s disease; breast, prostate and colorectal cancer awareness; and self-care. Other topics focus on personal goal setting and leadership. In return for the training, volunteers agree to complete 20 hours of community service related to the training.
Those interested in the program should contact their local county Extension office or Ann Sansing, Extension community health coordinator, at (662) 325-4043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.