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Med-South Lifestyle Program Implementation Training

How do we share with everyone across North Carolina a program that helps adults to choose a Southern-Style Mediterranean Eating Pattern and get all the health benefits that come with it?

We are doing this pilot training to figure out how best to spread the word about the Med-South Program to staff in health departments and health centers and train them in how to set up and make the Med-South Program work at their sites. We have successfully trained public health staff to deliver this program as part of research studies, and now want to change that training to better fit staff at health departments and health centers who may want to include the Med-South Program as a service or program they offer patients, employees as part of worksite wellness efforts, or community members.


Registration for the pilot training will open in February 2023. Please check back then for the registration link. Registration will be limited to 10 Community Health Centers and 10 local health departments, with a limit of two trainees per site.

Who Should Take This Training

This training is designed for staff at local health departments or community health centers who provide patient education. These includes nurses, dietitians or nutritionists, health educators, social workers, or community health workers.

Training Overview

For a more detailed schedule, view the Training Schedule.

Day 1 of 2 – Friday, March 24, 2023 10am–12pm

Med-South Program Delivery

  • Overview of the Med-South Program and how the program works
  • How the program is delivered to participants using a non-teaching approach to fostering behavior changes and using different delivery formats

Total Time = 2 hours; 5 training units +15 minute break

Day 2 of 2 – Friday, March 31, 2023  10am–11:15am

Med-South Program Implementation       

  • Guidance on developing implementation documents that focus on setting up and making the Med-South program work at their public health sites

Total Time = 1. 5 hours; 4 training units + review of Day 1 activities and 2 documents to be completed after Day 2 training

Additional Training Components: Estimated Total Time = 4.5 hours

TOTAL TIME – 8 hours

3.5 hours in Training sessions + 4.5 hours in addition training activities outside of sessions.

Registration Fee

Each site can register up to two trainees. The registration fee is $50 per trainee.

Training Sponsors

This pilot training is offered by the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. In 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) to identify the most effective and efficient way to support the broadscale implementation of the Med-South Lifestyle Program across multiple public health and clinical practice settings. This pilot training will help us refine our statewide training efforts.

For more information about this pilot training, contact Kiira Lyons, the Project Manager of the Med-South Program Implementation Study, at