A Health Coach is a free, confidential, non-judgmental, and motivational resource for you to achieve the best version of yourself. Work with a coach to create your vision of well-being and set a plan in place. Typical focus areas include energy, nutrition, exercise, and stress management.
- 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 Reduction, Personal Training, Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Chantix.
Appointments are available in person at Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, the UIHC Employee Health Clinic, and the Pappajohn Business Building. Health Coach appointments are also available by phone, Skype, or email.
Let us bring the coaching to you! Group coaching topics or individual coaching can be provided on-site at your building, unit or department. To request on-site services, please contact email@example.com.
University of Iowa regular employees employed at 50 percent time or greater are currently eligible, including house staff.
Frequently Asked Questions about Health Coaches
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. While you will receive an up to $45 incentive annually for completing the PHA, 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, or Skype.
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.
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.