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Volunteer Fitness Coach - Arlington Free Clinic

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Arlington Free Clinic


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Published 5 months ago

Recurring
Weekdays
A few hours per week

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) is a nonprofit organization that provides free, high-quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured adults in Arlington. AFC’s Move to Health Program (MTH) targets patients who are identified as being at risk for, and those who are already managing, a chronic disease, as well as patients who are deconditioned. The primary focus is to increase physical activity and promote good nutrition through patient-centered coaching delivered by volunteers.

Volunteer Move To Health coaches work with a team of volunteer coaches and interpreters to provide activity assessments and goal setting during an intake session. Coaches also lead bi-weekly High Intensity Training (HIT) exercises and basic nutrition classes, and provide ongoing support to patients to reach their individual goals. Presently this program takes place Monday evenings 6:00-7:00 P.M. for HIT exercise and Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:30 P.M for HIT exercise and nutrition education. Every 8 weeks data (blood pressure, weight) is collected. The 8-week education module repeats itself with ongoing intake of new patients and the opportunity for previous participants to continue.

The MTH coach: (1) encourages patients with or at risk for chronic health issues (Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome) to follow evidence-based guidelines to increase their activity level by: assessing current level of activity and fitness, establishing goals and providing ongoing support, (2) adapts the exercises for deconditioned patients with graded exercise for strength and endurance, and (3) helps patients set goals for changing eating habits and shifting to healthier choices as well as making exercise part of their daily routine.

The Primary qualifications for the role of Move To Health coach are:

  • A strong belief in the importance of promoting physical activity and good nutrition to prevent/manage chronic disease (diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, etc.)
  • Availability to attend a MTH volunteer training session to learn the format as well as the assessment tools used in the weekly exercise/nutrition sessions.
  • Physical activity experience in exercise training, fitness, wellness preferred but not required

Other helpful experience

  • Fluency in languages other than English, mainly Spanish

The time commitment for volunteer MTH coaches is as follows:

  • 1-hour training session to be scheduled on a weekday evening where you will learn the program goals, structure and methodology
  • 1 ½ to 2 hours commitment for classes (5:45-7:15 pm on Mondays and 5:45-7:45 pm on Wednesdays)
  • Additional opportunities may be available as we expand our program to coach those patients with BMIs over 35 

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) is a nonprofit organization that provides free, high-quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured adults in Arlington. AFC’s Move to Health Program (MTH) targets patients who are identified as being at risk for, and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Wheelchair Accessible

How to Apply

Kate Nadeau

Director of Volunteer Resources

703-979-1425, ext. 125

Kate Nadeau

Director of Volunteer Resources

703-979-1425, ext. 125

Location

Arlington Free Clinic

2921 11th Street South, Arlington, VA 22204

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