Are you interested in health, nutrition, and being physically active? Do you want to help others be healthier? The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is now taking applications for a new Extension Wellness Ambassador Program. The first of its kind offered in the state, this program will teach participants simple strategies to improve their own health and the health of their neighbors in Faulkner County.

The Extension Wellness Ambassador training program will be offered over six sessions held July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sessions will be held at the Natural Resources Conservation Center in Conway.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. Following training and Extension Wellness Ambassador certification volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service to help others live healthier.

Training begins on July 2 with instruction on healthy eating and weight management. Other training sessions include: strength training; exercise to improve balance and flexibility; preventing and managing chronic disease; avoiding portion distortion; health behavior change strategies that stick; understanding personality types; and other special topics.

Cooperative Extension Service professionals, health professionals, and other specialists in their field will conduct all training. The $30 registration fee covers all training materials.

Final selection of participants will be made from applications and interviews. Apply by May 24 to be considered for the program. For details, contact the Faulkner County Extension office at 501-329-8344, or email

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its program to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.