The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., is taking applications for the Extension Wellness Ambassador Program. The program will teach participants simple strategies to improve their own health and the health of their neighbors.

The Extension Wellness Ambassador training program will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 10, 14, 21, and 31 at the Extension Service.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Following training and Extension Wellness Ambassador Certification, volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service to help others live healthier, according to a news release.

The first session May 10 will begin with instruction on nutrition basics and physical activity. Other training sessions include: Strength training, exercise to improve balance and flexibility, preventing and managing chronic disease, avoiding portion distortion and health behavior change strategies.

Instructors will be Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Agents Alta Lockley, Arkansas County; Michelle Carter, Bradley County; Diane Clement, Cleveland County; Crystal D. Johnson, Dallas County; Susan Thomason, Grant County; and Mary Ann Kizer, lead agent, Jefferson County.

The $40 registration fee covers all training materials. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 30. For an application form, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at 870-534-1033 or email

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture which offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons withouth discrimination.