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What are three important things I should know about being a Fitness and Wellness Coordinator (e.g. working conditions, typical schedule, rewards, and challenges including those for people new to the job)?

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Tracey’s Answer

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First you need to decide what setting you are looking to work in. When interviewing make sure that setting has leadership support and buy in. You will also need support to create a wellness team and have champions to help with your efforts. This is team work and it can not be done alone. WELCOA is a most have membership.

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Jessica’s Answer

I previously worked in a similar setting and I can share some experience. Work schedules varied and rotated (some early morning and some later into the evening). It was wonderful establishing relationships with the members of the fitness/wellness center which is rewarding. Getting certified through the ACSM or ACE are helpful because they are the gold standard in the industry. Additional opportunities were available for compensation for teaching group fitness classes and personal training so those skills are a benefit.
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Nicole’s Answer

Fitness and Wellness Coordinators can work in a variety of work settings which can include, gyms, clinics, hospitals, schools, and government agencies just to name a few. You can anticipate that much of your role will include spearheading events or activities that encourage people to engage in healthy lifestyle practices and offering them at a time that is most convenient to the participant. If you are a certified fitness instructor then you can anticipate that you might be engaging in activities that require lots of movement. if your have a background in nu

Three things to consider as you enter this profession:
1. Your programs will be most successful when you have the support of your organization's leadership, so keep them informed of your efforts and ask them to help you promote your events when possible.
2. Your program participants will need lots of support as they make behavior changes so work with them individually to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals.
3. Your participant's ability to make sustainable lifestyle changes will be highly influenced by her emotional state and earlier life experiences so include activities that help to support her mental well-being.

Nicole recommends the following next steps:

Consider earning a certificate in Worksite Wellness if you're considering working in that area.
Free to reach out to me if you have additional questions.
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Tracey’s Answer

Hello,

First you need to decide what setting you are looking to work in. When interviewing make sure that setting has leadership support and buy in. You will also need support to create a wellness team and have champions to help with your efforts. This is team work and it can not be done alone. WELCOA is a most have membership.

Best of luck!
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