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Healthier Living Program Seeks Volunteer Peer Trainers

July 26, 2013

Do you have a chronic disease or care for someone with diabetes, hypertension, heart problems or other chronic diseases?  Would you like to learn how to help others better manage and live well with their chronic conditions?  

Solano County Public Health Division and the Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano Counties need dedicated volunteers to participate in a free, four-day "train-the-trainer" workshop Aug. 19-22 in Fairfield.  After successful completion of the training, the volunteers will co-facilitate future chronic disease self-management workshops, conducting at least two workshops per year.  

“An ideal candidate for a healthier living program leader is an adult who has a chronic disease or cares for someone with a chronic condition,” said Robin Cox, health education manager with Solano Public Health. 

“We're looking for people who feel comfortable leading group discussions, are committed to helping other people and are enthusiastic about facilitating workshops. No prior medical or teaching background is needed as leaders will be using the highly acclaimed and evaluated 'Healthier Living’ curriculum developed by Stanford University.” Cox said.

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and helping people with chronic diseases learn to better manage their conditions will help reduce the personal and societal burden of chronic disease in the United States, Cox added.

The free facilitator training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Solano County Administration Center multipurpose room 1600, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To become certified, participants must attend all four days. 

The training is made possible by Solano County Public Health and CA4Health, a project of the Public Health Institute, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The training is limited to 25 people. To register, call the Area Agency on Aging at (707) 643-1797.