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Ida Borchardt

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Community and Public Health

Company/Organization: UnityPoint Health
Company/Organization website: https://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/default.aspx
Title: Wellness Services Department Intern
Destination: Des Moines
Timeframe: Spring 2017

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I was responsible for a wide range of tasks with the employee and corporate wellness services department. I was responsible for intrinsic health coaching for some of the employees of UnityPoint and was in charge of leading them through the “Journey to Wellness” program. I was also responsible for fitness center orientations, in charge of keeping the communication boards for the Wellness Department up to date, teaching or co-teaching fitness classes, giving a Lunch and Learn presentation on a health topic, taking blood pressures at a variety of events, checking people in during community blood profile events and I also got experience with giving consultations for health screenings.

I accomplished...
The impact I was able to make while helping people reach their health goals. The impact that a person can have for the benefit of others. It is internally rewarding to see how you can impact people’s lives.

I learned...
Try everything! Be willing to do anything because you never know when you will use it later, even if you don’t use it now. It is a great way to figure out what you do and do not like as well.

Advice for others...
Ask your coworkers questions while at your internship. Learn from professionals in the field you are interested in. They will have great real world advice!

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