Practicum Highlight: Chelsea Strandberg, INHC, MPH’18
Community: Student population, Sacramento State University
Opportunity: Young adults who establish and maintain a healthy diet are less likely to become obese, develop high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. As an integrative nutrition health coach (INHC), Strandberg understands well that what we consume on a daily basis now can impact our health decades later. College, she says, is a critical intervention point, as many young people begin to exert dietary autonomy for the first time in their lives.
“Integrative nutrition and wellness coaching is focused on a one-to-one client/provider relationship for people who want to make long-lasting lifestyle changes. Health coaches support clients in achieving short-term goals (like losing weight or eating more fruits and vegetables), while encouraging long-term behavior change,” Strandberg explains. “While many colleges, including Sacramento State, place emphasis on student wellness initiatives, I think there is a real opportunity to incorporate the principles of health coaching into the campus setting.”
Impact and Next Steps: Working under the direction of Sacramento State’s Student and Health and Wellness Services (The Well), Strandberg reviewed demographics of the student population, existing nutrition services, and the ecosystem of dining options on campus. She then designed a survey to help The Well better understand the factors that are influencing students’ dietary choices. Strandberg will review the results of the survey she created with The Well to inform their health and wellness strategy for upcoming school years. She also conducted a scan of four college campuses with different demographics than Sacramento State. Strandberg hopes to pitch an integrative nutrition health coaching program—one that would include one-to-one services and the integration of peer health coaches—for the prevention of overweight and obesity to college wellness centers across the country.
POSTED 1/3/2018 AT 02:00 PM IN #practicum
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