Video: Curious About a Career in Health Promotion? Watch Health Management Professional Molly Heisterkamp in Action

Wish you could translate your passion for health and wellness into an exciting and fulfilling career? Molly Heisterkamp did it. Watch as this health management professional walks you through the special initiatives and day-to-day duties she performed as the prevention and health promotion coordinator for Dean Health, Wisconsin’s largest HMO.

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How One Student Turned a Passion for Health and Fitness Into a Career in Corporate Wellness

Alan Kieffer obtained a corporate wellness career with his health and wellness degree.
Alan Kieffer earned his health and wellness management degree and uses it to coordinate the fitness programs at Sentry Insurance.

Like many traditional students, Alan Kieffer entered college without a clear career path in mind. He was passionate about fitness and health, but he had no idea how to make the leap from healthy hobby to successful career in corporate wellness. After earning his associate degree from UW-Marshfield and dabbling in physical education courses at UW-La Crosse, Alan discovered the University of Wisconsin Health and Wellness Management program through an online search.

“I’ve always been interested in physicality and fitness,” said Alan, “and I knew I needed to do something with a lot of career potential. It made sense to enroll in the UW Health and Wellness Management program.” For Alan, this online degree program had two major appeals—it was a subject he could fully engage in, and it offered exciting career opportunities. [Read more…]

Wellness Programs That Work: Watch a Video Q&A With Liz Wiebe, Workplace Wellness Manager at Lands’ End

Rising healthcare costs and the advent of healthcare reform have inspired forward-thinking companies to develop wellness programs that offset health insurance premiums and inspire more healthy behavior among employees. With significant savings at stake, organizations are seeking skilled health and wellness professionals to build and manage programs that lower health-related costs, increase employee retention, and ultimately bolster the bottom line.

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Student Dreams of Promoting Community Wellness Programs After Earning Health and Wellness Management Degree

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HWM student Kris Greener presents at Women’s Wellness Day, a community wellness event she organizes for her community.
The University of Wisconsin Health and Wellness Management program was created for people like Kris Greener. As a busy physical therapist assistant with a family, she never had time to complete her bachelor’s degree. She also had trouble finding the right degree to complement her experience and passion for wellness. Then she found the UW Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management. Currently, she is a student in the program—and loves it!
We wanted to ask Kris more about why she chose the program, her experience as a student, and her dream of promoting community wellness programs. Here are her answers, in her own words.


Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a full-time, non-traditional student (at age 50!) in the UW Health and Wellness Management program. I am married with two daughters—one is 21 and the other is 15. My oldest daughter and I started college at the same time, in the fall of 2013, which was challenging and entertaining at the same time. [Read more…]

Health & Wellness News Roundup–Biological Ages, Pizza Farms, the Problem With BMI, and More

Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news!


What’s Your Biological Age?

wellness newsIt’s confirmed: people age at radically different rates. In a study of 1,000 38-year-old adults, researchers measured physiological markers–such as blood pressure, organ function, metabolism, and length of telomeres–and found that the participants’ biological ages ranged from 28 to 61. There’s an easy way to tell if you’re aging faster than other folks your age. When people guessed the ages of study subjects just by looking at photos, biologically older participants were consistently thought to be older than 38. [Read more…]

Wellness News Roundup–Health Rights for Same-Sex Couples, Yoga Day, Pop-Tart Mysteries, and More

Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories.


Healthy Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage

wellness newsYou’ve seen the news. You’ve seen the rainbow-colored Facebook profile pictures. Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry in every state. It was a momentous day for gay rights–especially when you consider how fast public opinion on the issue has changed–but also, for health insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires all insurance companies to offer the same health plans to people of all sexual orientations, but under the recent ruling, workers can now add their same-sex spouses to employer-provided health insurance plans. Read the full story on… [Read more…]

Health & Wellness News Roundup–U.S. Bans Trans Fat, Cheating Sleep, and More

Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories.


wellness newsIn three years, the U.S. food supply will not contain artificial trans fat (at least, in theory). Research shows that partially hydrogenated oils, used for frying and in baked goods, aren’t safe and contribute to heart disease. According to last week’s Food and Drug Administration ruling, companies must start to phase out trans fat from products. Many have already begun to switch to palm, coconut, or soybean oils. Trans fat will probably not completely disappear. If food companies can prove that artificial trans fat is not a health risk, then they can gain approval from the FDA for specific uses of the oils. [Read more…]

Health & Wellness News Roundup — 10,000 Steps, Free Food, Workout Tricks, and More

Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories:


Where did that number come from?

wellness newsThis might blow your mind. People are commonly advised to walk 10,000 steps a day, but the number has no medical basis. It didn’t originate in America but actually in 1960s Japan. A company created the “man-po-kei”–man translates to “10,000,” po to “step,” and kei to “meter.” (We call it a pedometer.) Ten thousand is a favorable number in Japanese culture, and therefore, a good number for man-po-kei marketing purposes.  [Read more…]

Health & Wellness News Roundup — People Analytics, Fighting Over Fitness, Epic Salad, and More

Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories:


wellness newsPeople analytics, the growing phenomenon.

Using wearable devices to monitor employees is a popular way for companies to cut down on healthcare costs. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and other wearables track activity, stress levels, and sleep. These data points are used to predict and incentivize employee actions. It might sound a little Big Brother-like, but we might as well get comfortable with “people analytics.” It’s used in almost every industry–it makes sense that analytics is getting cozy in the workplace. [Read more…]

Health & Wellness News Roundup – Sitting Disease, Wearable Tech, Massages for Mental Health, and More

wellness newsHere’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories:

  • A simple way to reduce the effect of a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting is bad. We hear that a lot. So what can be done to counter its effects? In study subjects, standing had no effect on death rate (sorry, standing desk users). Instead, those who stood up and took gentle two-minute walks once per hour lowered their risk of premature death by 33 percent.
  • Data, data, everywhere. Over 200 million wearable monitoring devices are churning out data about health and daily habits. For people who use these devices, the goal is to find “ways to optimize bodies and minds to live longer, healthier lives — and perhaps to discover some important truth about themselves and their purpose in life.” But this data raises some serious questions about the ramifications of ordinary people “quantifying” their lives using these gadgets. What about privacy? Who owns the data? How should it be used? [Read more…]