Since Could is International Worker Well being & Wellness Month, we’re highlighting two AFPA graduates who made their goals potential and commenced working within the company and worker wellness house.

Katie Jensen

Inform us about your background. How did you get right into a well being and health profession?

Like lots of people, I used to be fairly lively as a baby and performed sports activities in class, however after faculty and beginning to work full time, my health undoubtedly took a again seat.  After fairly a number of years of working in retail and creating some unhealthy habits and a excessive quantity of stress, I began understanding once more in my own residence to attempt to regain my well being.  As soon as I noticed how good it felt to be match and wholesome once more, I made a decision it was time for a profession change, and I appeared into private coaching certifications.  That was again in 2009, and I’ve been within the health subject ever since!

What’s your job in company wellness? 

I at present have the pleasure of working for a neighborhood studio in Atlanta, Excellence in Train, the place we not solely provide in-house private coaching and group lessons, however we additionally handle a number of company wellness contracts.  I get to help in all completely different facets of filling the providers that we offer–teaching group health lessons, serving to with 5k coaching applications or health challenges, performing worker health assessments, instructing fundamental vitamin and wellness workshops, and every other activity that the businesses might request.  Having the chance to show worker wellness was an enormous a part of why I needed to get licensed via AFPA as a Diet and Wellness Marketing consultant on high of my private coaching certification.

What’s your favourite a part of being a coach and wellness advisor?

Although my past love is coaching private purchasers, I’ve come to very a lot benefit from the number of having the company alternatives out there to help with.  I get to have a optimistic affect on many extra folks than I might have solely in my one-on-one coaching enterprise.  Being concerned with the completely different challenges and workshops we provide helps me proceed to be taught and develop in my very own abilities, which then interprets to all different facets of my function as a coach. Presently, we’re providing all of our traditional company health lessons on-line for the businesses we service, and it’s particularly rewarding realizing how grateful the staff are to have the ability to sustain with their well being and health at house.

Why do you assume it’s important for employers to put money into their worker total well being?

I believe the phrase has gotten out that staff who’ve common entry to alternatives to work out and keep lively generally are extra productive and happy than staff who do not. From private expertise, I can let you know that folks particularly search for positions at corporations that supply company gyms and different wellness programming, so corporations are sensible to supply that in the event that they wish to snag a top quality workforce. In fact, there may be additionally a financial profit in that serving to to maintain your staff wholesome means much less pressure on healthcare assets, sick time, and name outs. The nice factor is that there are all completely different ranges of choices you may put out to your staff based mostly on the dimensions of the corporate and assets, whether or not it is so simple as partnering with a neighborhood gymnasium for decreased membership charges or having a completely staffed onsite facility. There’s so many choices and advantages to employers and staff to put money into some type of wellness programming!

Comply with Katie on Instagram: @plantstoplanks

Beth Grace 

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Inform us about your background. How did you get right into a profession in well being and health?

In faculty, I began getting bodily lively, understanding on the gymnasium six days per week. It remained largely a private ardour, exploring completely different sports activities like mountaineering, final Frisbee, and snowboarding (I am the outdoorsy sort). After I turned pregnant about three years in the past was after I turned much more aware of the meals I used to be placing into my physique. I started consuming extra natural meals, together with an natural farm share. My postpartum journey has been very rocky with a number of psychological and bodily well being challenges. I didn’t discover the solutions from all my many visits to medical suppliers however via my very own trial and error as I saved looking for solutions and modifying my eating regimen additional. This expertise made me take into account taking my energy and want to mentor and coach folks (beforehand in schooling settings) and transfer it right into a well being and well-being focus. That is how I found AFPA and accomplished the well being teaching certification simply days earlier than beginning my company wellness place!

What’s your job in company wellness?

I at present function an engagement information and a well being information. Our firm operates one of many largest company well-being applications globally, and my principal function is to achieve the staff of our purchasers to have interaction them with their well-being advantages and particularly to encourage them to join our well being teaching providers. I additionally serve sometimes as a well being information, serving to folks evaluate their annual bodily/biometrics outcomes and set well being targets. With COVID-19, my firm has actually ramped up help efforts for our members, and we have now supplied useful assets to advertise worker well-being throughout this difficult time, together with teaching calls to deal with and help COVID-19 issues particularly.

What’s your favourite a part of being an engagement information/well being information?

I really like to return alongside members to empower them to make progress in their very own well being and well-being and to supply help for this journey. I additionally love connecting folks to assets that may assist them thrive in life.

Why do you assume it’s important for employers to put money into their worker total well being? 

If an employer cares about worker total well being and invests in them, you’ll have more healthy and happier folks, which exudes advantages throughout their group – power, creativity, camaraderie, productiveness, the checklist retains going. I am grateful for a job the place I assist folks perceive and make the most of their well-being advantages! 

Comply with Beth on Instagram: @msbethgrace

 

 

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