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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What does a BodyWorks program leader do?
    A program leader receives training to a) lead an 8-week BodyWorks program with  families and b) train other community members to become BodyWorks program leaders. OWH recommends that once a program leader is trained, he or she should conduct at least two, 8-week BodyWorks programs with families before training new program leaders. This way he or she will have sufficient experience to train new program leaders and can anticipate questions.
  2. How do I get trained?
    BodyWorks program leaders hold trainings across the country. Search for program leader trainings in your state to learn when and where trainings are being held near you. If you do not find trainings in your state at this time, we encourage you to search for program leaders near you, and contact them for information on upcoming trainings.
  3. How long is the training to become a program leader?
    The training sessions can vary, but most are scheduled for one day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The morning sessions focus on BodyWorks background, materials, and goals of training. The afternoon session emphasizes the training materials developed for parents and caregivers and their children. By the end of the training, you will be prepared to train other program leaders as well as lead a BodyWorks program with families.
  4. How much does training cost?
    While many of the toolkit pieces are available for free online, training costs may vary depending on the program leader and/or organization that is providing the training in your state.
  5. What kind of materials do program leaders receive at the session?
    Each training participant receives the pieces of the BodyWorks toolkit and the BodyWorks Curriculum, which is split into two parts: BodyWorks Lesson Plans for Family Programs and BodyWorks Lesson Plans for New Program Leaders. Each person also receives recruitment and promotional materials to communicate about BodyWorks sessions in the community, as well as ideas and templates to help obtain funding or donations to support running the program in your community.
  6. Is any funding available to help implement the BodyWorks program in my community?
    No. The Office on Women's Health does not offer funds to implement the program, but the toolkit materials are free to download online. To help support your program with child care, transportation, and refreshment expenses, the training provides ideas from a local community leader on how you might apply for funding or donations from your local community.
  7. Can my organization or state print extra copies of BodyWorks toolkits?
    Yes. OWH will provide the files to professionally print the entire toolkit.
  8. Can the BodyWorks curriculum and toolkits be modified to make them more relevant to my community?
    No. The toolkits have been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), so no technical information can be changed. We understand that the curriculum may need to be adapted to each community, but the nutritional and physical activity information needs to remain the same.
  9. Can program leaders get reimbursed for their time by charging a fee for training?
    A program leader can receive funds from an organization for training time, printing costs, or incentives. Some program leaders are also considering having small token fees for parents to encourage family retention.
  10. Can I put the name and logo of my organization on the BodyWorks materials?
    No. If you alter the professional print files in any way you need to remove the HHS logos.

Content last updated May 28, 2013.

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