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What’s What: Are you interested in teaching people in your community how to make healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices? Why not help individuals and families make healthy food choices through cooking demonstrations, workshops on shopping healthfully on a limited budget, and more? With the American Heart Association at your side. Please note: the American Heart Association is strictly adhering to the CDC’s most updated guidance and encouraging social distancing in the best interest of public safety. They are not encouraging volunteers to teach to groups within their networks during this time and want to make sure that all volunteers understand that while the training can be completed online, facilitation should not begin until it is deemed safe.
Amava Take: Co-created by Aramark and the American Heart Association, the American Heart Association Healthy for Life Educational Experiences focus on interactive features like healthy cooking demonstrations, shopping skills presentations and nutrition and heart health workshops. The goal is to help individuals and families learn how healthy food can help them accomplish their goals and reach their potential every day. Facilitators train to teach the curriculum and bring it into their communities. If you’ve been looking for a way to address public health by impacting the food environment, engaging with people, supporting underserved communities, and improving the health of those around you, you may have found it.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates is AHA looking for to fill these positions?
Anyone who wants to share enthusiasm for healthy food in their own community.
What’s the Healthy for Life Program all about?
It’s built around the themes of well-being, cooking skills and food, grocery shopping, growing healthy habits, globally inspired home cooking and neighborhood gardening.
Is the curriculum designed and available?
Yes. The Educational Experiences provide all necessary talking points and resources for facilitators, so a health background is not required.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
Being the health facilitator in the room among my own community members is a wonderful experience.
Do you have to do a certain number of facilitated experiences?
The requirement is at least three, but I have done many more!
Where do Educational Experiences take place?
This opportunity can happen anywhere: the workplace, senior centers, faith-based institutions, campuses, and more! Bring these simple tools back to communities that could benefit: seniors, students, faith-based communities, and more. The American Heart Association can support you wherever you are.
Special Requirements: There are no specific requirements other than completing the self-paced online training, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour. No experience is required to become a Healthy for Life facilitator, and there’s no set time commitments. You have the freedom to make your community a healthier place whenever and wherever is easiest for you!
Finding a Position: If you’re interested in becoming a Healthy for Life Facilitator in your community, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you get connected.