Health/wellness coordinators design programs to help groups of people live healthier lifestyles. They also provide guidance on diet and exercise for physical health and counseling information for improving the mental health of group members. Large fitness and weight-loss centers may have health/wellness coordinators on payroll, and they are also employed by large businesses and corporate offices for the benefit of their employees. Hospitals and clinics also employ them to assist in helping patients make necessary lifestyle changes that can improve and extend their quality of life.
Health/wellness coordinators typically analyze both individuals and groups as entities. For instance, if the coordinator is employed by a business entity, he/she may help develop ways for employees who spend long periods of time sitting at desks to stay fit or develop group initiatives to improve their mental health and focus by setting up organized break times or light exercise areas. The coordinator's job in these situations can extend to improving the food offerings at company-run break stations and cafeterias, as well as arranging counseling and therapy sessions for those who may find it beneficial.
Health/wellness coordinators often work with individuals, as well. This can include helping to design diet and exercise plans for persons seeking to become more fit or lose weight, as well as working with patients in clinics to make lifestyle choices (like quitting smoking or getting more sleep at night) that can greatly affect overall health. Most coordinators find themselves developing plans for groups in general, but also work with the specific health concerns and needs of individuals on a daily basis.
Health/wellness coordinators typically have an educational background that includes university study in nutrition, public health, or even specialized sociology disciplines. Specific employers (hospitals, spas, corporate entities) often have different requirements based on the level of wellness counseling expected of the coordinator. Those in this position typically work in an office environment during regular weekly business hours.
Health/Wellness Coordinator Tasks
Promote and communicate health programs.
Analyze health programs and policies to evaluate performance, effectiveness, areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.
Develop, implement and manage health programs.
Acts as a liaison to health program vendors.