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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. How do I become a BodyWorks program leader?
    To make BodyWorks more available to parents and caregivers in all communities, OWH no longer requires that you attend a program leader training, but you will need the BodyWorks curriculum. The curriculum has clearly outlined objectives, lesson plans, discussion guides, and more to make BodyWorks a program that can be self-taught. Email bodyworks@hhs.gov for a link to download the curriculum and more information to help you get started.
  2. Can I still be trained to be a program leader, even though it is not required?
    Yes, there may be program leaders in your area who can train you. Email bodyworks@hhs.gov, and we will identify whether there are leaders near you whom you can contact to ask about 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. If I studied the BodyWorks curriculum independently and was not trained by a program leader, can I train other community members to become program leaders?
    Yes, but OWH recommends that a program leader 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.
  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.
  11. What materials are in the Spanish BodyWorks toolkit?
    The Spanish BodyWorks toolkit includes the following materials in Spanish: Body Basics, Recipe Book, Weekly Meal Planner, Shopping List, and the online video, "Let’s Shop, Cook, and Eat Together." The toolkit also includes the Best Journal Ever!, which is mostly in English.

    Download individual pieces of the toolkit in Spanish.

  12. How can I order print copies of the Spanish toolkit?
    Print copies are available for the older version of the Spanish BodyWorks toolkit only. To order Spanish toolkits, please email bodyworks@hhs.gov.

Content last updated: May 28, 2013.

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