The Center for Research on Men's Health (CRMH) at Vanderbilt is recruiting Athletic Trainers to support Mighty Men, a faith-based weight loss program specifically tailored to obese African-American men, ages 35-77, in Nashville, TN. This program will establish partnerships with churches and will build on a decade of research utilizing faith-based approaches to improve the health of African Americans and extensive research to understand how African-American men think about their health. The athletic trainers will educate participants about health using the Mighty Men curriculum; engage and build rapport with the participants within their designated group and church representatives; plan, coordinate and execute physical activity sessions that are consistent with the goals of the project.
The Center for Research on Men's Health (CRMH) is a university-wide center at Vanderbilt University. The center director reports directly to the Vice Provost for Research and the center sits administratively in her office. CRMH fosters research that bridges social sciences, humanities, medicine and public health to understand and improve the health and well-being of adult males. Most of our current projects focus on the health and well-being of middle-aged and older African American or Latino men. An important goal of CRMH is to be a national and global leader in the elimination of unjust differences in health behaviors and health outcomes among men.
Duties and Responsibilities
Complete training on Mighty Men objectives, components, timelines and responsibilities
Lead weekly small group training sessions that will include the Mighty Men health education curriculum and physical activity
Plan, coordinate and execute physical activity sessions that are consistent with the program goals including teaching participants proper technique and form for all physical activity exercises (i.e. stretching, cardiovascular and resistance, etc.) and monitoring their actions ensuring adherence to these guidelines
Educate participants about warning signs, pain and other factors to consider in developing and maintaining an active lifestyle
Reserve rooms and set-up weekly small group sessions
Encourage participants to attend weekly sessions, health assessments and serve as a resource for health information
Support the mission, vision, and goals of Mighty Men and serve as a liaison between the participating church and the Center for Research on Men's Health at Vanderbilt University
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
High School diploma or GED is required
Active Personal Training Certification from a nationally-recognized organization or Athletic Trainer Certification is required
At least one year of experience providing individual or small group training of middle-aged or older
African American men or some similar population is required
Ability to educate, train and facilitate a discussion among a small to medium sized group of African American men (10-20 people) is required
Ability to present and answer questions about health information and conscientiousness and willingness to seek answers to participants' questions is required
Ability to understand and adapt to the needs and abilities of obese, largely sedentary men who are likely to have one or more chronic diseases or chronic health conditions is preferred
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