POSITION DESCRIPTION

Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle coaches lead groups of participants through a year-long program to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with prediabetes and those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Using an evidence-base curriculum, coaches provide support and guidance to participants and help them develop and maintain the skills needed to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits. Two part-time positions are available to serve Calhoun and Early Counties. Qualified applicants should be residents of one of those communities.

QUALIFICATIONS

· Lifestyle coaches do not need to be health care professionals, but must have knowledge of basic health, nutrition and fitness principles.

· Lifestyle coaches must use the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum.

· Successful candidates must be available to attend a three-day training in Atlanta (expenses paid by Horizons).

· Lifestyle coaches must be available to attend quarterly coach’s meetings for updates and reports.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

· Effectively facilitate the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum to class participants.

· Encourage group participation and interaction through the use of open-ended questions and facilitating commitment to activities and retention of knowledge.

· Create a motivating environment that is friendly and noncompetitive.

· Foster relationships with and between participants.

· Make learning a shared objective for the group.

· Prepare before each class (i.e., reviewing participants’ food and activity trackers, lesson plan, content for class and make reminder calls to participants).

· Be accessible to participants both before and after sessions to answer questions and follow up on any questions not addressed during class time.

· Follow up with participants outside of class if they are unable to attend (offering an in-person makeup session opportunity).

· Support and encourage goal setting on a weekly basis.

· Record session data for each participant (attendance, body weight, total weekly minutes of physical activity, etc.).

· Comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those governing privacy and data security.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND QUALITIES

Lifestyle coaches should demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and qualities:

· Ability to guide behavior change efforts in others without prescribing personal actions or solutions so that participants increase their self-confidence and capacity to make and sustain positive lifestyle changes.

· Ability to communicate empathy for participants who will likely experience difficulty and frustration at times when trying to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyle behavior changes and who may be unlike the lifestyle coach in terms of weight status and level of commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.

· Ability to build relationships with individuals and build community within a group.

· Knowledge of the basic principles of behavior change and motivation.

· Flexibility to work with people from all walks of life.

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

· Attention to detail and data collection.

 

After receiving program training, lifestyle coaches should be proficient in the following areas:

· Organizing program materials and delivering the program with adherence to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention approved curriculum.

· Facilitating groups to optimize social interaction, shared learning and group cohesion.

· Understanding and overseeing participant safety-related issues with respect to program delivery.

JOB EXPECTATIONS:

· Facilitate sessions over the course of the 1-year program – weekly sessions for 16 weeks, bi-weekly sessions for 2 months, and monthly sessions for 6 months.

• Evening work may be required.

• Ability to travel year-round using own reliable transportation is required. The successful candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain automobile liability insurance.

· Must pass a background check.

SALARY:

Lifestyle Coach salary is $20/hour for each hour of preparation and actual classroom teaching (averages 3-4 hours per week during first six months and 3 hours per month during last 6 months for each group cohort). No benefits provided.

LOCATION: Calhoun and Early Counties, GA