Free Health Coaching: A Wise Choice!

Are you looking for a way to improve your health? Don’t know where to start?

People need help with taking care of their health. This is hard to do when you have a busy schedule and don’t know where to start. Washtenaw County Health Department has a free health coaching program that can offer one-on-one support to help you meet your health goals. The health coaches will work with you and your schedule to set small achievable goals that will help improve your health.

You also receive a free gift after your first appointment. This might be a yoga mat, a blood pressure monitor, or a cookbook!

What is the program and do I qualify?

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Wise Choices is a free health screening and health coaching program run by the Washtenaw County Health Department and funded by the State of Michigan’s Getting to the Heart of the Matter grant. The goal of this program is to help reduce negative health events like a stroke or heart attack, and help people live an overall healthier life style.

Notes Health Educator Kim Collom, "The great thing about this program is that you are in control--you decide if you want to set a goal, and what kind of goal to set. We just provide a bit of support!"

How do you know if you qualify?

There are only three requirements for this program:

  1. You must live in Michigan

  2. You must be 18 + years old

  3. Your income must be below 400% of the poverty level—see the guidelines below!

  • Household of 1…$49,960

  • Household of 2…$67,640

  • Household of 3…$85,320

  • Household of 4…$103,000.

Add $17,680 for each additional person. All income information is self-reported. (No paystubs required!)

How does the program work?

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Step 1: Call to make an appointment

You start the program with an in-person appointment. In this appointment the health coach will measure your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and more! You will receive your results during the same appointment and talk about the results with your health coach. During this first appointment, you will also receive a gift of your choice. The gift could be a yoga mat, pedometer, water bottle, and more!

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Step 2: If you are ready, set goals

Are you ready? Whatever your results, if you are ready to work on your health, you can work with your coach to set small, specific goals based on your needs and abilities. Your coach will then follow up with you regularly. It’s that easy!

If you aren’t ready, you can stop after the screening. The choice to work with a coach is always yours. YOU are in control.

How long does the program last?

The program lasts for a year, with an opportunity to re-enroll once your year is done. Over the next year, you and your coach will continue to check in, set small goals, and track your progress with improving your health. Improving your health is hard, and you do not have to do it alone. Let us help you—for free!

Who do I call to schedule my appointment?

To learn more, or to make your appointment call:

Kim Collom, Washtenaw County Health Educator

734-544-6700

This blog post was written by Kate Worthington, a University of Michigan School of Public Health student and a summer intern for the Washtenaw County Health Department.

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