Help make the community a healthier place
Become a Get Healthy, Live Well volunteer
Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well is committed to helping make the community a healthier place to live, learn, work, learn and play. Get Healthy, Live Well is led by several task forces that include hundreds of volunteers and partners. With the help of these dedicated volunteers, we are closer to our goal of building a healthier community.
Get Healthy, Live Well is looking for even more dedicated volunteers to help promote health and wellness in the community. By becoming a volunteer, you will be making a real difference in people’s lives. Whether you’re interested in participating in programs designed to get kids excited about their health or teaching families how to eat healthier on a budget, Get Healthy, Live Well has a volunteer opportunity for you. After reviewing the opportunities below, click the button to:
Kids N Fitness Assistants
Certified instructors lead Kids N Fitness — an evidence-based, six-week weight management program for children ages 8 to 16 and their parents. The weekly, hour-and-a-half classes consist of interactive nutrition education, physical activity and parent seminars. The entire family is encouraged to attend. Assistants help with fitness activities, registration, grading log books and other related tasks. Training is provided. Background check is required.
POP Club (Power of Produce)
The POP Club is a free program for children ages 4 to 12 that empowers them to make healthy food choices. The club operates at the Cotton Mill Farmers’ Market on the first and third Saturdays from April to September. Each child who comes to the club will complete an activity and will receive $2 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Volunteers assist with the activities. Training is provided. Background check is required.
Kids Interactive Health Exhibit
The interactive health exhibit includes 10 stations featuring topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity and tobacco-free living. Each station provides a script for volunteers to use, so no healthcare experience is necessary. The exhibit is hosted at elementary and middle schools throughout Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties during the school year and at other locations during the summer months. Training is provided. Background check is required.
Get Healthy, Live Well is asked to participate in numerous community events. We are in need of volunteers to assist at these events in providing education about healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco cessation. Examples include working at events such as Carrollton’s MayFest or the Gold Rush Festival in Villa Rica. If you love working with the public but don’t want to commit to regular volunteer work, this may be for you. The time commitment varies by event — some are all day, some an hour. On-site training will be done and no background check is required.
Get Healthy, Live Well’s staff is small and we are often in need of office help, such as stuffing envelopes, distributing information and inputting data. The time commitment varies and volunteers will be called as needed.
Cooking Matters Instructors
Cooking Matters instructors serve as teachers and role models, teaching key skills and inspiring low-income participants to eat and cook healthier, inexpensive meals at home. A curriculum is prepared by Cooking Matters and is provided via an instruction manual. The two-hour-per-week course is six weeks long. One-day training and a background check are required.
Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coaches
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Coaches lead groups of participants through a year-long lifestyle change program using the National Diabetes Prevention Program’s curriculum. DPP Lifestyle Coaches help participants develop and maintain the skills needed to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits. Coaches also support participants by providing information, encouraging progress and working with the group to address any challenges or barriers that arise. They do not need to be healthcare professionals; they must be effective facilitators and support the group process as it relates to behavior change. The course consists of 16 weekly one-hour sessions, followed by monthly sessions for the remainder of the year. Two-day training and a background check are required.
Freshstart Tobacco Cessation Facilitators
Freshstart facilitators lead participants through the American Cancer Society’s group-based tobacco cessation counseling program. The program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings and group support. Facilitators must be former tobacco users. Two-hour online training and a background check are required.
Chronic Disease Self-management Peer Leaders
Chronic Disease Self-management Peer Leaders lead groups of participants through a six-week, two-and-a-half hour workshop. Peer leaders help participants learn the skills needed in the day-to-day management of chronic health conditions following the curriculum provided. Four days of training and a background check are required.
Diabetes Self-management Peer Leaders
Diabetes Self-management Peer Leaders lead groups of participants through a six-week, two-and-a-half hour workshop. Peer leaders help participants learn the skills needed in the day-to-day management of diabetes following the curriculum provided. Four days of training and a background check are required.
Join us in our efforts to make west Georgia a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Complete this application if you are interested in becoming a Get Healthy, Live Well volunteer.
What our volunteers say about serving the west Georgia community
“It’s really fun to teach kids to cook, especially low-income kids who are able to take food home and cook it for their family. The kids are so excited about it, and it really boosts their self-esteem.” –Ken Eggleston, Cooking Matters instructor
“If you are a person who can help somebody live longer, feel better or have a better life, then you should take that opportunity.” –Valante Emory, Diabetes Prevention Program coach
“When I heard about the Diabetes Prevention Program, I thought it would be a good way to honor my niece and my aunt and to help prevent other people from going through what they went through” –Annette Boykin, Diabetes Prevention Program coach
“Our main goal is to teach kids to eat more healthily and to help them understand where their food comes from by doing fun and educational activities at the farmers’ market. The kids love it and the parents love it because their kids are getting hands-on learning.” –Caron Connelly, Power of Produce (POP) Club volunteer
“It’s important to educate our community about how to prevent these illnesses that in the long run will cause more damage to us and will cause more money to be spent on our health. Prevention is the key in everything.” –Gyla Gonzalez, Diabetes Prevention Program coach