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    Obesity Prevention Program
    MC 1944
    P.O. Box 149347 Austin, Texas 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, T-406
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: (512) 776-7111
    Fax: (512) 458-7618

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Trainings Available

Nutrition Trainings 

Healthy Community Food Systems Module

Interested in planning, implementing, or supporting efforts to increase access to healthy food and improve the overall health of communities and individuals? Take this one hour educational module about healthy community food systems.

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The Healthy Community Food Systems Module will help you: 

• Describe the current food system.
• Recognize local food systems and the multiple components of a healthy, sustainable system.
• Define how a systems-based approach can change behavior at a community level.

Costs and Continuing Education:

• This training is free.
• 1.0 certified continuing education unit (CEU) for community health workers or promotores is available for $5.
• 1.0 general CEU is available for free.

To Access the Module:

• Visit http://sustainablefoodcenter.org/healthy-community-food-systems-module.

The module is hosted by the National CHW Training Center, part of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health’s Center for Community Health Development. This module was developed by the Department of State Health Services Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section in partnership with Sustainable Food Center.
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Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Module

This training module is for health care professionals, health care administrators, and students interested in protecting, supporting, and promoting breastfeeding in accordance with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Texas Ten Step Program.

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The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Module will help you:

1. Summarize the benefits of early and exclusive breastfeeding for mother and baby.
2. Examine the anatomy and physiology of lactation.
3. Analyze the role of the baby in milk production.
4. Given a case study, assess how to make your practice or birth facility more breastfeeding friendly.
5. Propose labor and delivery practices that support breastfeeding.
6. Recommend a breastfeeding position that is often used following a cesarean delivery.
7. Evaluate effective latch.
8. Analyze contraindications to breastfeeding.
9. Determine how to promote patient-centered communication about breastfeeding.
10. Given a case study, develop a collaborative health-care plan.
11. Summarize the benefits and risks of different infant feeding methods.
12. Employ recommendations to support breastfeeding after a mother returns to the workplace.

The free module consists of 3 courses and continuing education units (CEUs) are available for various disciplines.

1. Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Overview  – 1.25 CEUs
2. Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Birth Practices that Support Breastfeeding  – 1.75 CEUs
3. Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Prenatal and Postnatal Practices that Support Breastfeeding  – 1.5 CEUs

Physical Activity Trainings

Your Health Matters: Growing Active and Healthy Communities

In coordination with UTSPH Brownsville, the Obesity Prevention Program created a training called Your Health Matters: Growing Active and Healthy Communities available in English and Spanish, for training community health workers (also referred to as promotores(as). This training gives participants an understanding of the growing obesity epidemic and why regular physical activity and healthy eating are important for a healthy lifestyle.  It educates them on evidence-based policy improvements, systems and environmental changes to promote physical activity and healthy eating.  Participants gain knowledge and skills to identify and analyze policy, systems and environmental barriers in their community that contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle and to identify evidence-based strategies to address them.  Participants also practice skills to engage community partners, prioritize approaches and develop an action plan to support activities that create opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in their communities.  The curriculum uses videos and multiple activities to help participants learn.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

9.0* for Community Health Workers (CHWs) certified by DSHS; 12.0* for CHW instructors certified by DSHS. If you are interested in organizing or hosting a training on this curriculum, please contact:

Dr. Belinda Reininger 
The University of Texas Health Science Center 
School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus 
(956) 755-0654

Last updated July 21, 2021