At Ohio University, Well-Being Coaching is making an impact on overall student health and wellness.
A free, one-on-one individualize guidance program, Well-Being Coaching looks to build awareness and help students learn strategies to set realistic goals for their lifestyle.
Tony Gregory, the assistant director of Well-Being and Fitness, shared the service is available for undergraduate, graduate and professional students at no cost. “Well-Being coaches help with topics such as sleep, stress and time management, physical activity and hydration, productivity, social support, and gratitude,” he said. “Well-Being Coaching is designed for students across Ohio University.”
Referrals to the program come from:
Students fill out a request form that matches them with a Well-Being coach based on availability. After this, they receive a questionnaire from their assigned coach.
“The questionnaire is designed to provide insight to the coach about the possible goals of the student and what area of well-being the student may want to focus on,” said Mark Ferguson, the associate dean of Students for Well-Being and executive director of Campus Recreation. “The informational document is useful for the student to gather an understanding about what well-being is and the meaning behind some terms used in the questionnaire.”
Several more steps follow this:
As of the Spring 2020 semester, 22 students have participated in the program. Gregory shared they are using an assessment to the program’s impact on students’ understanding of their own well-being, self-awareness and behaviors.
All in all, the goal of the program is to improve overall wellness. And it seems to be doing just that.
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