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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Oct. 7, 2016

    Health coaching available to employees through Building Healthy Bearcats

    Northwest Missouri State University’s School of Health Science and Wellness is piloting a free 12-week health coaching program for Northwest employees and their families.

    The Building Healthy Bearcats program aims to provide more than 200 Nodaway County residents and their families with free access to a certified health coach. It takes a personalized approach to helping employees and their families obtain a healthier lifestyle and make behavior changes through goal creation, monitoring and education.

    Health coaches meet participants to determine wellness goals and work with clients to meet those goals.

    “This program will provide health coaches that will work to modify health behaviors to improve the health and well-being of others,” Dr. Rhonda Beemer, assistant professor of health and physical education at Northwest, said. “This program will bring a personalized approach to health behavior change by having health coaches work to help community members establish healthier habits by creating goals.”

    The program is made possible by Northwest through a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) grant sponsored by Mosaic Life Care, the Heartland Foundation and North Kansas City Hospital.

    Northwest’s School of Health Science and Wellness notes that research demonstrates a health coach can increase adherence to healthy behaviors, improve overall well-being and decrease healthcare costs. Healthy eating and active living are key elements of wellness, but many people struggle to develop lasting health habits that allow them to feel good, live long and be well.

    The program is available to Northwest employees through August 2017, and participants may join or continue it at any time. Meeting times are set based on each participant’s schedule.

    Maryville Parks and Recreation and the Nodaway County Health Department will partner to expand the program to the Maryville community in January.

    For more information, contact Rhonda Beemer or Taylor Shull, graduate assistant health coach, at

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468