Certified Food and Wellness Volunteer Training Program
Thee Certified Food & Wellness Volunteer Training Program is a comprehensive course offering forty hours of training, using online modules for much of the education and ending with a full day of on-site training at Penn State University in State College.
A certification exam will assure that the volunteer has the tools and knowledge necessary to educate others.
The Certified Food & Wellness Volunteer Training Program is comprehensive (40) hour course designed to prepare candidates for the community outreach phase of the program. Training will be provided by Penn State educators and specialists. The training will consist of on-line sessions and a face-to-face hands-on experience.
Note: Participants will need computer access from March through May and the ability to travel to Penn State for on-site training on May 10, 2018.
Volunteers are required to apply and interview prior to registering. Before registering, interested volunteers can call 570-988-3950 or email Lynn James (email@example.com) for an application. Applicants who qualify will be contacted for an interview. Deadline for submitting applications is February 28, 2018.
Non-Volunteers who want to take a similar course can register for the Nutrition 101 Healthy Eating Guidelines & Meal Planning certificate course, available soon as a new online course.
Presentation topics include:
- Vegetable Supper Clubs– introduce vegetable preparation ideas – participants take samples home for family taste testing
- MyPlate and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines - good nutrition and obesity prevention; healthy food patterns and health habits
- Benefits of eating Pennsylvania produce
- Food Demonstrations - healthy food
preparation and nutritional benefits
- Good nutrition on a budget
The Certified Food & Wellness Volunteer Presentations can be requested by:
- Organizations and Businesses
- Public Libraries
- Women’s and Men’s Social Clubs
- Worksites and Schools
The Certified Food & Wellness Volunteer concept is based on national volunteer programs used in Extension. Certified Food & Wellness volunteers will provide education to the public about foods, nutrition and food safety. Individuals with a strong knowledge base and interest are being recruited for the position. These individuals will help expand the nutrition educational efforts of Penn State Extension by working in local communities and organizations.
Volunteers are people who:
- Would like to be more involved in promoting good health and wellness in their communities
- Have experience working with foods
- Have a basic knowledge of nutrition
- Want to learn more about nutrition, diet, and health
- Have a desire to help others in their communities
- Will complete 40 hours of training in health & nutrition education
- Will return 40 volunteer hours of service to the community upon completion of training.
Participants must be able to:
- Access a computer to complete on-line training
- Attend a face-to-face training at Penn State University in State College.
Upon completion of the training, the volunteer will be able to:
- Use tools such as MyPlate, US Dietary Guidelines and Nutrition Facts to select a healthy diet
- Help others plan, buy, store and prepare foods within their budgets
- Work with the public by making presentations and answering questions.
- Helping with Outreach Events to promote Penn State programs
- Anyone who would like to be more involved in promoting good health and wellness to their community
- Anyone who has experience working with food
- Anyone with a basic knowledge of nutrition
- Anyone who wants to learn more about nutrition, diet, and health
- Anyone who wants to become more involved in their community
- Anyone looking for volunteer opportunities
- How to use tools such as MyPlate, U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and nutrition facts to select a healthy diet
- How to help others plan, buy, store, and prepare foods on a budget
- How to work with the public by making presentations and answering questions
Multiple Options Available
Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Kathy Kelley, Ph.D.
Lynn James, MS, RDN, LDN