Personal Health Coaching
GET GUIDANCE FROM A PERSONAL HEALTH COACH.
Staying committed to health and wellness isn’t always easy. Sometimes you just need a little nudge – someone to help you set goals, inspire you to reach them, and hold you accountable when you just don’t feel like making healthy choices.
Health Coaching is a complimentary service for benefits-eligible Ohio State and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center employees. Adult dependents on the OSU Health Plan are also eligible for these programs compliments of Your Plan for Health. You will work with your coach to develop an action plan and strategies personalized for your specific health needs. Your coach will support you through regular phone sessions, and when needed, connect you to community resources to assist in your journey to better health.
Personal Health Coaching Services
Personal Health Coaching is confidential and voluntary and designed to assist you in achieving personal wellness. An OSU health coach is available to help you develop an action plan related to:
- Weight Management
- Physical Activity
- Tobacco Cessation
- Stress Management
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30am-7:30pm; Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm. Appointments are 20 to 30 minutes via phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible?
All benefits-eligible faculty and staff and medical-plan-enrolled adult dependents are eligible for health coaching services. Participating in the Personal Health Coaching Program is completely voluntary and confidential. Only the OSU Health Plan, the home of the health coaches, will have access to your records.
Is group health coaching available?
Interested in joining a group of fellow Buckeyes with common health interests and goals? Group health coaching is a great way to share your ideas, tips, and goals with others during a group session. Visit Link to Health to learn more about upcoming programs and sign up (click on Group Health Coaching Session).
Is health coaching right for me?
An OSU Health Plan health coach is available to help you set and achieve an action plan related to weight management, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and/or stress management. Meet the OSU Health Plan health coaches in this online webinar to learn more about our team and other programs we lead at Ohio State.
A native of Columbus, Laura is a graduate of Kent State University with a dual major in psychology and sociology. She also holds a master’s degree in public health and clinical counseling from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed clinical counselor and certified as a health education specialist, as a health coach from the Cooper Institute, and as a corporate wellness consultant from the Corporate Health and Wellness Association. Laura has also served as a health educator and crisis intervention specialist in mental health. Laura works with OSU Health Plan team to promote integrated health and wellness within the academic, business, health care and public sectors.
Her main role is to oversee the daily operations of the personal health coaching team. As a manager, Laura knows how to leverage the diverse strengths of an interdisciplinary team. She creates a work environment where creative ideas are heard, differences are valued, and each person can contribute according to their best work styles and skill sets. She makes sure her team has the direction and support to provide a high-quality, client-centered service, so coaching participants get the support they need to do more of what makes them feel the healthiest.
Lindsay graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and is certified in adult weight management levels I and II through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Lindsay has extensive experience working with people in behavioral change weight loss programs as well as with new parents in the Health Plan’s Buckeye Baby Program. She enjoys cooking and working out and is always up for a fun new adventure with her friends and family. Lindsay believes everyone has what it takes to make major health changes and loves the “ah-ha” moments when people experience that themselves. She can help you find the small steps, sense of adventure, and confidence that make your health goals motivating and manageable.
Jessica graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in dietetics and has a graduate certificate from Bowling Green State University in Food and Nutrition. In addition to her Wellcoaches certification, she is also a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist. She has taught the diabetes prevention program and works closely with the health plan’s Care Coordination program. Jessica puts her previous experience as a Pediatric Dietitian and her certification in pre- and post-natal exercise to work supporting new parents in Ohio State’s Buckeye Baby Program. Jessica is a big sports fan who loves football tailgates and baseball games, and she can help you master the art of enjoying the party while still maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Adam graduated from the Ohio Northern University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. He has been coaching at OSU for over 10 years. In addition to his Wellcoaches certification, he is also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Adam stays active with weightlifting, circuit training, and regular games of Pickle Ball. His love of exercise plus his prior experience in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and personal training means he can help you create physical activity goals that are well-rounded and right for you. He’s also a meal-prep pro and knows that nutrition is the best partner for a fitness program. His enthusiasm for wellness will get you excited to make changes and achieve goals across all areas of health.
Michael graduated from The Ohio State University with bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in public health. He is a certified running coach and loves helping both runners and walkers train for any distance - from 5k’s to marathons. He is also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who can help people with the goal of being tobacco free. Michael loves the accomplishment of pushing through a challenge. He exercises his persistence with long distance running and weightlifting. Michael welcomes questions and creativity when it comes to staying active and knows how to inspire persistence in others. He can help you find creative health habits you can stick with.
Alison holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University. She works closely with the Health Plan’s Care Coordination Program, using previous experience in cardiopulmonary rehab to help people improve heart health with exercise and other lifestyle changes. Alison knows the importance and challenge of making time for yourself, especially when you’re responsible for taking care of others. She enjoys exercising, reading, and walks outside for her “me time”. She believes it’s never too late to prioritize yourself and take a positive step for your well-being. She can help you create an action plan for where you are at now in your wellness pursuits and provide support you as you work towards where you want to be.
Bonnie graduated from Wilmington College with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She holds a Health Coaching certification through the American Council on Exercise and an Exercise Physiologist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. Bonnie has worked in the employee wellness field for over 15 years and has coached individuals across the country. Bonnie stays active for the stress reduction, the strength, and the stamina for keeping up with her kids. She enjoys exploring metro parks with hiking/walking trails, circuit workouts and eating healthy on the go. She knows how to balance wellness with a busy schedule. She can help you learn skills that support disease prevention, health promotion, and lasting lifestyle changes.
Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Dayton and a master’s in clinical counseling from The Ohio State University. A former career counselor, she loves to help people explore how work and wellness can work together. Her personal health habits were inspired by her dogs, including- stay present and playful, get outside often, insist on daily walks, and fully enjoy the occasional treat. Amanda knows that wellness isn’t “one size fits all” and believes health can be had at any size, in any situation, and through any stage of life. She can help you create your unique approach to well-being with small, intentional actions that lead to big, fulfilling changes.
You can learn more about the Health Plan by contacting us. We would love to hear your questions, comments, and suggestions.