Depending on your health needs, you may qualify to work one-on-one with a Health Coach to help build new skills to meet your personal health goals. After you take your Personal Health Assessment (PHA), a UI Wellness staff member will get in touch with you to review the results of your Personal Health Assessment and assist you in developing your health improvement plan, if your responses indicated that you're ready to make a health-related lifestyle change.
A Health Coach can work with you in person, over the telephone, or via electronic communication depending on your preference. A Group Health Coach Service for University departments is also available.
Coaching facilitates behavior change via a structured, supportive partnership between you and your coach. You will:
- Set both long and short term goals.
- Set action plans and monitor progress in attaining goals.
- Develop strategies to utilize your strengths most effectively and maximize your potential to achieve desired outcomes.
What makes coaching effective in helping people change behavior?
- Provides written commitments from you to fulfill the action plan.
- Tracks your progress and holds you accountable to these commitments.
- Is provided in a structured, supportive environment.
Reasons to have a health coach
- Need motivation, discipline, or accountability to meet your goals.
- Need a personalized plan that meets and evolves with your unique needs.
- Are overwhelmed by all the conflicting fitness, health and nutrition information.
- Want the privacy and confidentiality provided to you by your coach.
What’s included in the Health Coach Service
- Individualized report from your Personal Health Assessment (PHA).
- Generally, you meet with your Health Coach up to five times over the course of 10-16 weeks in person, via telephone, Skype or via email.
- Follow-up contact at one and three months.
- There may be other programs that will complement the Health Coach service as part of your personal improvement plan.
- The University will pay the program fee for select referral programs including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Personal Training, CHAMPS, group weight management programming (Lifestyles) or Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
When and Where Can I Meet With a Health Coach?
Health Coach appointments are available between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at two campus locations:
- The University Employee Health Clinic (Boyd Tower-UI Hospitals and Clinics), West campus
- The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (309 South Madison Street), East campus
Prior to or at Initial Visit
- Background Information (pdf)
Health Coach Initial Visit
Subsequent Health Coach Visits
- Subsequent Visit Goal Sheet (pdf)
- Referral Source Participant Agreement (pdf)
- Satisfaction Survey - Referral Program (pdf)
University of Iowa regular employees, employed at 50% time or greater are currently eligible, including house staff.