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E119 Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
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Iowa City, IA 52242-2010
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We can all use a recharge sometimes. A health coach is a free, confidential, non-judgmental partner who can help you focus on what is within your control. Learn to make simple and sustainable changes, overcome obstacles, and create strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Photo of Health Coach Carla Melby Talking with nurse in scrubs

Typical health coaching focus areas include energy, nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Work with a coach to:

Develop your personal approach to well-being

Set and meet goals

Build lasting skills toward optimal wellness


Small Changes, Big Results

Health Coaching Success Stories

Brett Cloyd Recalls His Experience with Health Coaching

Brett Cloyd worked with health coach Carla Melby over ten years ago. He sat down with us to encourage his fellow UI employees to make use of this beneficial service.

What is Health Coaching?

How to Participate in Health Coaching

Reasons to work with a Health Coach

  • Increase your energy
  • Make meaningful change
  • Avoid burnout
  • Get support toward a specific health goal
If you qualify, the university will pay the program fee for select referral programs including Mindfulness-Based Stress ReductionPersonal Training, and Nicotine Replacement Therapy.


  • Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) 
  • UIHC Employee Health Clinic
  • Remote: Zoom, Teams, Skype, phone, or email


  • University of Iowa regular employees employed at 50 percent time or greater (including house staff) are eligible for free health coaching. UI employees have access to five, free health coaching visits every twelve months. 

    Frequently Asked Questions about Health Coaching


    At this time, liveWELL programs are only open to faculty and staff.


    At this time, liveWELL programs are open to current faculty and staff only.


    No problem! You can still work with a Health Coach as long as you meet eligibility requirements of being a UI faculty or staff in a 50 percent or greater, regular position and have completed your Personal Health Assessment. Simply call the liveWELL office at 319-353-2973 to get started.


    With your consent, the information from the Personal Health Assessment and any referrals to a Health Coach or other liveWELL programs will be communicated directly to your health care provider. These programs are designed to work collaboratively with your health care provider and offer you resources that may be beneficial to your health. However, no communication will occur without your written consent.


    Working with a Health Coach can help you:

    • Increase your energy
    • Improve your ability to respond to change
    • Gain new ideas for improved nutrition, sleep, physical activity, and weight management
    • Establish accountability for making health changes


    No. Your participation in the Personal Health Assessment and any other wellness programs is completely voluntary and you will not see any changes to your health insurance premiums.

    The university’s health plans are considered self-insured, which means the university is responsible for the costs of the claims incurred. We hope that one benefit of liveWELL programs is a reduction in health care claims from health plan participants, and a measurable savings to the university health plans. Information is not shared with Wellmark. Limited UI Wellness staff will have administrative access to individual and aggregate information.


    You may complete the Personal Health Assessment during work time if your workload allows. It should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

    Meetings with a Health Coach must be done on non-work time or by receiving permission from your supervisor. The same is true for participation in any subsequent liveWELL programs. If you are unable to participate on work time, you can use vacation time to participate.

    Health Coach staff are available from 7:30-7:30 p.m. on most days of the week and at two campus locations, or via phone, email, Zoom, Teams, or Skype.