We present findings from a pilot implementation of the Extension Wellness Ambassador Program, a health-focused master volunteer program, and briefly describe the program approach and purpose. Program participants received 40 hr of training and completed assessments of self-efficacy, physical activity, and functional fitness at baseline and 3-month follow-up. Paired-samples t-tests showed significant positive changes in mean for general self-efficacy, self-efficacy for practicing health behaviors, physical activity, and nearly all functional fitness measures. Our findings demonstrate that participation in a health-focused master volunteer program can positively influence participants' lifestyle behaviors as they work to improve health and quality of life in their communities.
Washburn, L. T., Traywick, L., Copeland, L., & Vincent, J. (2017). Extension Wellness Ambassadors: Individual Effects of Participation in a Health-Focused Master Volunteer Program. Journal of Extension, 55(2), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss2/12