Our Wellness Works team has established a collaborative education/research partnership with BSDI (www.BSDIweb.com) that enables us to provide employees at local companies with access to the powerful BSDI worksite wellness programming tool along with the Motivation Alliance suite of programs.
Justin Lusk, a PhD student, currently teaches HS 380: Worksite Health Promotion. Within the course, BSDI Programming is available to students and used for many of the application assignments regarding implementing and tracking components of programming and challenges. Each semester, students get hands-on experience competing in their own worksite wellness challenge. This semester students synced Fitbits to the BSDI platform and then completed a two week step challenge as if they were employees at a company.
Students also utilize BSDI for a health risk screening. Afterwards, students gain experience writing goals and objectives for an intended wellness program based off of the needs assessment that were revealed through the health risk screening.
Clinical Health Coaching
The ISU Kinesiology Department has established an IRB-approved project to enable supplemental health coaching for clinical populations. All student health-coaches have received formal training through a 2 credit practicum course and are supervised by a team of faculty and graduate students. Health coaching is independent of any clinical care but we rely on physician referrals to ensure that we can reach patients that are good candidates for lifestyle programming. Health coaching focuses on promoting physical activity and healthy eating habits and is not related to any clinical treatments. Click here to learn more about the clinical health coaching program and the current student coaches.
Meet the Health Coach Instructors!
Maria Perez, Jeni Lansing, and Katy DeShaw are PhD Students within the Kinesiology Department that coordinate the Health Coaching initiatives. All three are Trained Clinical Health Coaches through the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium.
Health Coaching Opportunities
The Wellness Works team has been managing an ongoing participatory project called the Health Coach Study that provides opportunities for individuals (and employees at partner companies) to receive health coaching by trained ISU students. Click here for information on past projects.
The team recently completed a new study called the Fitbit Study that provided individuals with the opportunity to wear a Fitbit for 3 months as part of a behavior change program. Participants were trained by the coaches to set their own goals and monitored their progress in becoming more physically active!
Click on the link below to read more about our health coaching applications and any new opportunities.