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TEACH-trained Health Care Providers Needed for Pilot Program, Ontario Lung Association “Quit and Get Fit” Social Marketing Initiative

Deadline January 5, 2010

TEACH graduates needed to mentor and support community-based personal fitness trainers as they motivate and encourage their clients to quit smoking. Required to attend one half-day orientation session January 21 or 22, 2010 in Toronto, and then train and support personal trainers at select GoodLife Fitness locations, January through March 2010.

In partnership with GoodLife Fitness, the Ontario Lung Association aims to train personal fitness trainers to support their clients with quit attempts, and refer them to community-based interventions such as Smokers’ Help Line.

Qualifications: The Lung Association is seeking up to 10 TEACH graduates to complete one three-hour orientation session in Toronto, and then facilitate one to two training sessions at a local Goodlife Fitness centre. Candidates will also be asked to provide “on-call” assistance to further support and mentor, via phone, these personal trainers throughout the duration of the program, January through March 31, 2010. Estimated time commitment: 10 hours.

Target Locations: Niagara Falls, Sarnia, Chatham, North Bay, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Hamilton, Barrie, London.

Compensation: Honoraria for program preparation and implementation will be provided.


Activity // Time Commitment // Dates/Timing // Location

  • ORIENTATION // Attend one half-day orientation session to cover the specific needs of the audience, and the training curriculum. // 3 hours // January 21 or 22. Date to be confirmed based on availability of participants. Lunch provided // Ontario Lung Association Provincial Office, 573 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario
  • FACILITATE COMMUNITY BASED TRAINING // Conduct one to two sessions, as needed with fitness centre staff (personal trainers) on how to support clients with their quit attempts. // 2 x 2 hours // To be completed by January 29, 2010 // Niagara Falls, Sarnia, Chatham, North Bay, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Hamilton, Barrie, London
  • ON-CALL SUPPORT // Provide on-call phone support for trained personal trainers. // 2 hours (estimate) // January through March 31, 2010 // Via Phone/EMail
  • EVALUATION // Complete evaluation interviews/surveys as required and activity report. // 1 hour // Minimal time, as needed and as per availability // Via Phone/E-mail

Total Time Commitment: 10 hours (estimate)

Orientation Session Learning Objectives:

By the end of the orientation workshop, participants will:

  • Understand “Quit and Get Fit” program goals and components tailored to young male smokers age 19 – 29 in fitness centres
  • Learn strategies to teach and mentor personal trainers to provide brief one-on-one smoking cessation supports and referrals, and
  • Adapt the five “A’s” approach for this audience and environment.

Interested candidates are asked to respond to Sherry Zarins, Project Manager, Ontario Lung Association at 416-864-9911 ext. 267 or by date January 5, 2010.