After you take your Personal Health Assessment (PHA), depending on your health needs, you may qualify to work with a Health Coach to help build new skills to meet your personal health goals.
There are three different ways you can work with a Health Coach:
- One-on-one Health Coach
- For first time participants. Work with a coach to create your vision of well-being and set a plan in place.
- Group Health Coach
- Participate in a group, exploring specific well-being topics while building skills and support.
- New in 2016! Health Coach Booster
- For those who have worked with a Health Coach before, participate in three sessions focused on specific topics for skill development.
A Health Coach can work with you in person, over the telephone, or via electronic communication depending on your preference. To schedule a meeting with a Health Coach, contact liveWELL.
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, 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 Agreement (pdf)
- Referral Program Satisfaction Survey (pdf)
University of Iowa regular employees, employed at 50% time or greater are currently eligible, including house staff.