Wellbeing Coaching

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What is wellbeing coaching?

Wellbeing Coaching is an evidence-based practice that supports an individual’s self-determination to engage in goal-directed and health promoting behavior change.  Through short-term individual coaching, trained and professionally certified coaches apply fundamental communication skills to partner with you to not only work through the pressing lifestyle challenges you may face, but to also help you reach a quality of life that is meaningful, self-sustaining, health-promoting, and value-driven.

Wellbeing coaching will be delivered by certified health coaches (CHC) with the aim of improving overall outcomes associated with the eight dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.

Wellbeing Coaching is available to any currently enrolled Wake Forest University student, faculty, or staff at no cost.   Our Wellbeing Coaches are committed to meeting the needs of people of diverse racial, ethnic and national backgrounds, gender, sexual/affectional orientations, mental and physical abilities, religious/spiritual beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as other types of diversity.

What types of goals can a Wellbeing Coach offer support?

Emotional stress and unexpected emergencies can drain you and unexpectedly impact your health and wellbeing causing fatigue, anxiety and sleeplessness. Your coach can work with you to identify a self-care routine and mindfulness activities that support you as you work progress towards your goals.

How many sessions will it take to reach my goals?

Clients come  with diverse needs, expectations, and varied levels of knowledge, skills and access to resources, therefore, we determine together in the initial session the number of meetings you will need to help you reach your wellbeing goals. Typically, a client will meet with a health coach every two-weeks for a 3-6 months.

Why choose wellbeing coaching?

There is no cookie-cutter approach to reaching your wellbeing goals – where you are today and your stressors, needs and supports are different than say, just last year or even last month.  There is no one-way or any particular right way to think about change. Your wellbeing coach can offer up strategies that are sustainable options for you to choose from as you begin your journey to discover what works for you.  You will find yourself gaining the knowledge, skills, and the power to self-manage your life and to achieve your self-identified goals.

Meet our coaches

  • Regina McCoy, MPH, MCHES, NBC - HWC

    I’ve been hooked on being a health educator since the 7th grade when I began the Good Samaritan Club with concern about health and safety after a tragic injury that resulted from the fall of a classmate. I found my way to receive two academic degrees in Public Health Education and spent my early professional career partnering with the community to address maternal and child health issues, especially within under-resourced communities. Currently I am a Professor in The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) – Department of Public Health Education, gratefully giving over 20-years of academic scholarship in community engagement and health coaching. I’ve coached clients with self-identified chronic health conditions (e.g., such as obesity, depression, stress, and multiple sclerosis), and lead the department’s efforts to train and certify lay and professional health coaching practitioners. Wellbeing Coaching is my heart-time job because I can dream with my clients as they discover their path to personal fulfillment and confidently strive to make their dreams a reality.

    As a co-Director of the UNCG Health Coach Training Center I provide consultation and training on evidence-based person-centered care and competency-based assessment of health educators and coach practitioners. In addition to receiving national recognition for making significant contributions to the health education field, I’ve also earned the credential of Master Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Health & Wellness Coach. Several of my invited presentations and papers have focused on my CBPR efforts to partner with communities to focus on issues that impact the health of mothers, emerging youth, and minority populations.

  • Scarlett Ruppert, MPH, CHES

    My background in public health education started with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Here, I found my passion for physical activity and the effects it has on overall wellbeing. As I was working as a personal trainer, I realized that regular exercise not only influences a person’s fitness capabilities, but their overall attitude, mental health, self-efficacy, and self-confidence. Later in my career, I worked as an exercise physiologist where I was running stress tests and cardiovascular screenings for firefighters and other first responders. I soon realized that being healthy was more than going to the gym every day, and that one’s overall attitude, mental health, self-efficacy, and self-confidence plays a role in one’s wellbeing. From here, I pursued a Master’s in Public Health Education where I was able to work with the employee wellness program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Here, I ran programs for employees that focused on mental health/mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss, and physical activity. I also worked with a research team that explores other factors, such as, safety, access, and workplace stress that influence the health of employees. I believe that health coaching is a powerful tool in allowing others to realize their potential and empower them to make positive choices for their future.

  • Holly Martin, MEd, CDE, CHC

    I can’t remember when I was not involved in the wellbeing of friends and the community where I lived. Whether it was participating in a walk to combat heart disease or juvenile diabetes, walking with a friend who is a cancer survivor or volunteering at a local free medical clinic, for me the concept of wellness is more than one’s health status.

    I graduated from Trinity University in Texas with a major in Biology and received a Master’s degree from UNC-Greensboro with an emphasis in Health Education. I am a Certified Health Coach (UNC-Greensboro 2014) and have been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2003.

    I have been working in health education for over 25 years. I began my career as the first health educator with the Bladen County Health department in Elizabethtown, N.C. where I developed and implemented family planning program for the community and pioneered the county’s first family life education program. I then became a regional health educator with a responsibility for 17 county health departments in the southeastern part of the state. My role was to work with the local health educators to develop and implement family planning programs for individual, group and community settings.

    After moving to Winston Salem, I transitioned back into direct patient care when I took the position of Lead Health Educator with Winston Salem Health Care (now Novant Health). For a number of years my primary responsibility was working with RJR employees and their families on the prevention and control of their chronic diseases and in their health/wellness journey. While employed at WSHC I became the first Health and Wellness Coach for the Allegacy Credit Union, working with over 300 employees.

    I have worked with Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company as an Interactive Diabetes Educator and with Merck as an educator for the Journey for Control programs. Have been past president and am presently president of the Piedmont Area Association of Diabetes Educators, PARADE.

    I have also worked with the Research Department at Winston Salem State University as an instructor in 2 research intervention studies. The “Hosea Project,” a 12-week diabetes prevention program based in African American churches and “Weight Matters” an 18-week weight loss intervention program with a focus of reducing the likelihood of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

    I look at myself as a change agent in an effort to assist individuals in improving their health status and work /life balance. You will find that I am very passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic.

  • Brenda Smith, CHWC

    After graduating from college my journey into working with individuals in the health and fitness industry started as a part time job as a fitness trainer at Gold’s Gym. My passion grew and continued to grow from this experience. After 28 years in a corporate job, I resigned to follow my purpose and passion in fitness and wellbeing. I have 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer and 12 years’ experience as a yoga instructor. During my nine years working as Associate Wellness Director managing HanesBrand’s headquarters on-site fitness center, I discovered Wellcoaches and got my Wellness Coach certification. I observed people’s needs in and out of the corporate world were becoming more and more holistic. Also from my Wellcoaches certification I have the training in helping individuals in the areas of: life satisfaction, work-life-balance, nutrition, weight management, alcohol intake, tobacco, stress management, sleep and physical activity.
    I am committed to counseling and guiding people holistically in becoming aware of how to live healthier lives through proactive and preventive measures. One of my favorite quotes is “Give a person a fish and he will eat fish for a day. Teach him how to fish and he can eat fish whenever he want.”

  • Suzanne Hunt, MPH, CWP, ACE WMS

    My passion for health promotion began in my coursework while at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. I received a B.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion, with a focus in health education. I was also able to integrate my joy of working with students to obtain a license in education, which provided me the opportunity to teach at a variety of levels, from kindergarten to undergraduate courses. From there, I completed my Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. While teaching high school health and wellness, and nutrition, I realized I wanted to work with college students to improve their health behaviors, skills, and overall quality of life. Since then, I have worked with students from a variety of backgrounds during all facets of their development;from elementary school, to graduate school and beyond.

    I became a Nationally Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise, and taught health coach courses during my tenure at North Carolina State University. Through my research as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, and overseeing health coaching initiatives on the main campus of NC State, I was able to build foundation elements for enhanced motivation, self-efficacy, and social support around healthy behaviors for students, faculty and staff. I continued my passion by becoming a Weight Management Specialist, and a Nationally Certified Wellness Practitioner. From there, I worked to improve weight management coaching programs, as well as assisting in the developing of a triage coaching program for students at NC State University, before making my way to Wake Forest University.

    I believe that health coaching is an innovative and unique tool that utilizes the client’s strengths and empowers them to improve their lifestyle and overall wellbeing.