The course consists of the following components:
Active Living Every Day, Second Edition, text
- Print workbook
- Online facilitator resources
- Final exam (accessed online)
The Active Living Every Day Facilitator Training Course
will help you lead clients to a more active lifestyle through facilitation of the Active Living Every Day (ALED) program, which guides people to improve their health through physical activity. When individuals make these changes permanently, they experience real results. The Active Living Every Day program gives participants the knowledge and skills needed to live longer, healthier lives.
Active Living Every Day facilitators play a key role in helping individuals make these changes. As a facilitator, you’ll help your participants learn skills they can use to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. This facilitator training course introduces you to the concepts you’ll need to lead ALED classes. You’ll learn the principles underlying the program and how to facilitate change in groups of adults who want to become more active.
This self-directed course enables you to work at your own pace without the help of an instructor. Begin by reading Active Living Every Day, Second Edition—
the book that each of your participants will use as you take them through the program. Then read through the facilitator workbook. Throughout, you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate what you learn by answering questions and completing reflection activities. The facilitator resources provided online include lesson plans, handout materials for your class participants, administrative forms, and program management and marketing materials—everything you need to help your participants make physical activity a regular part of their lifestyle.
After reading the book and workbook and successfully completing the 75-question exam, you will be able to do the following:
- Cite the mission and major principles and philosophies of the ALED program.
- Cite the federal physical activity guidelines.
- List the five stages of readiness to change and the way that each stage differs from the others.
- Describe the cognitive and behavioral skills taught in ALED to assist participants in the behavior change process.
- Explain the ALED curriculum and the way in which it is organized.
- Identify the resources available to help deliver the ALED sessions.
- Recognize the major components of the lesson plan and understand how to use the lesson plans for conducting ALED sessions.
- Identify the major learning objectives, special concerns, and special preparation needs for each session.
- Describe how a group session is delivered and how the meeting is structured.
- Explain the facilitator’s role.
- Explain how to administer the four A’s of facilitating change and use listening behavior and supportive feedback skills.
- Identify common types of participant personalities and typical characteristics of each.
- Develop and implement strategies for effectively dealing with challenging personalities within a group or individual format.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. ALED Program Philosophy
Introduces you to the mission and principles of the ALED program and explains how applying these concepts can help your participants improve their health and quality of life.
Chapter 2. Behavior and Health
Explains the connections between certain behaviors and good health.
Chapter 3. The Case for Physical Activity
You’ll learn about public health guidelines and the research that has identified the benefits of improving health through physical activity.
Chapter 4. Four Primary Theories
We’ll discuss why theories such as social cognitive theory are important to helping people increase their levels of physical activity.
Chapter 5. The Transtheoretical Model
You’ll learn about the primary theory used in ALED: the transtheoretical model, often called the stages of change model.
Chapter 6. Scientific Basis for ALED
Explains the solid scientific foundation on which your ALED program is based.
Chapter 7. Principles of Adult Learning
We’ll discuss how adults learn best and what that means for you as a facilitator, including how you can improve learning and keep participants’ attention in class.
Chapter 8. The Facilitator’s Role
You’ll learn how to use general counseling principles to improve your effectiveness as a facilitator and understand the important areas of ethics and confidentiality.
Chapter 9. The Logistics of Facilitating
You’ll learn how to prepare for each class session and how to maximize participation in your program.
Chapter 10. Evaluating Your ALED Program
We’ll talk about how to evaluate the processes and outcomes of your ALED course.
Chapter 11. Adaptations and Special Uses of ALED
You may want to modify an ALED program, so we’ll explain what you can and cannot change along with adaptations you might make for special populations or different settings.
Chapter 12. Management of Your ALED Program.
Explains how to identify budget items and complete a budget worksheet, along with exploring how to efficiently market and promote ALED to your target audience—everything you need to build a cost-effective, high-caliber program.
Chapter Review Quizzes Answer Key
Appendix: Overview of Sessions
Active Living Every Day Facilitator Training Practice Exam