Meeting Students Where They Are Transforming Campuses and Communities through Health and Wellness Coaching
Recorded On: 02/23/2021
Health coaching has been proven to play a pivotal role in producing long-term lifestyle change, and it can also be a powerful catalyst for cultivating a culture of wellness that differentiates your campus recreation department. In this session, explore the essential ingredients for creating a well-defined integrated wellness focus for your university and examine specifically how health and wellness coaching can successfully engage students and allow for collaboration with other departments and community partners.
Evaluate key considerations for designing, implementing and growing health and wellness coaching services to meet the needs of current and future students.
Examine practical strategies for collaborating with other departments and/or external partners.
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Point Loma Nazarene University
Dr. Matthews (she/her/hers) is assistant professor and director of the Master of Kinesiology in Integrative Wellness program at Point Loma Nazarene University. As an innovative educator and industry thought leader she has developed and implemented graduate degree and professional certificate programs at several colleges, in addition to creating and teaching a variety of graduate courses in areas such as lifestyle medicine and integrative health. For over a decade Dr. Matthews has regularly contributed to numerous national media outlets, including, but not limited to, CNN, The Washington Post, Women’s Health, NPR, Doctor Radio and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has authored and edited several books, and in 2019 delivered a TEDx talk titled “Reclaiming Wellness.”
Dr. Matthews serves as director of integrative health coaching at UC San Diego Health in the Department of Family Medicine. There she leads the development, delivery and management of health coaching within clinical practice and research, to include overseeing a team of coaches within the Centers for Integrative Health. Dr. Matthews received her doctorate in behavioral health with a focus in clinical integrated care from Arizona State University and she holds numerous professional certifications, including as an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT500), personal trainer, group fitness instructor, national board certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC), and certified lifestyle medicine professional (DipACLM). With a background in exercise science, Dr. Matthews previously served as a senior advisor for the American Council on Exercise, and in 2017 she was honored as the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year—a top award recognizing superior instructional abilities and positive influence in the global health and fitness industry.
An active leader in the health and wellness field, Dr. Matthews serves on the board of directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).