Finding reliable resources of health and wellness information can be a challenge. You can give back to the community while you learn how to improve your own health!

Since 1906, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has provided Texans with guidance in various health areas and is now training volunteers. The Master Wellness Volunteer initiative is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program that will provide volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education. In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service.

Volunteer opportunities giving presentations for local community groups, assisting with periodic cooking schools, distributing information at health fairs, etc. Previous health or wellness training is not required, but an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same is!

Volunteers of Texas A&M

AgriLife Extension Service come from all backgrounds and include a vast array of people with various interests. If you are looking for a way to give back to the community you live in, volunteering is a great way to start.

The Gregg County training will be held on Fridays – March 15, & 22 and April 5, 12, and 19 in Longview, between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gregg County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service located in the Gregg County Health Services building, 405 East Marshall Street, Longview. Parking is located at the back of the building. The in-class and self-study program includes information on basic nutrition, food safety, health education, weight management, trends in health and nutrition, public speaking and lots more.

After completing the training and giving back 40 volunteer hours, participants will become a Master Wellness Volunteer. Application deadline to the Gregg County Master Wellness Volunteer Program Training is Monday, March 11th. Cost for the five-week training is $50, which covers training materials, screening and lunch/refreshments. Those interested may visit or contact Dee Lee Smith at 903-236-8428 or

By Dee Lee Smith