Wellness Works is an outreach program coordinated by the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Programming is managed by graduate students and undergraduate research assistants trained in worksite health promotion through an integrated course (HS 380: Worksite Health Promotion). Programming is led by Dr. Greg Welk who directs the lab in the department and oversees the course.
The Worksite Wellness team also oversees supplemental service learning and health coaching applications available through a practicum course focused on teaching skills in motivational interviewing (KIN 494). Once trained, student health coaches are positioned to contribute to a variety of research and outreach programs that include health coaching.
Please contact our extended Wellness Works team if you have general questions or if you would be interested in service learning partnerships at your company (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Overview and Approach
The primary programming strategy used in Wellness Works is service learning. Undergraduate students work with faculty and graduate students in the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab to plan, prepare and implement worksite wellness programming for ISU and other local companies.
Programming is directly tied to the HS 380: Worksite Health Promotion course. Each semester, students get hands-on experience competing in their own worksite wellness challenge by syncing Fitbits to the BSDI platform and completing a two week step challenge as if they were employees at a company. Students also utilize BSDI for 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. Students gain valuable experience in worksite programming and participating companies and employees receive direct benefits from the services provided by the students.