UI Wellness Ambassadors
Wellness Ambassadors act as liaisons between their departments and UI Wellness. Wellness Ambassadors play a vital role in supporting UI Wellness’ mission to promote lifestyle improvements that support good health and improve quality of life. Because they know their coworkers and work area, Ambassadors are advantaged in motivating their colleagues to achieve healthier lifestyles. They act as both champions of wellness and catalysts for change, providing opportunities for the University of Iowa co-workers to increase their energy level, enjoy more productive work days, and ultimately feel better.
You will enjoy many benefits as a Wellness Ambassador, including:
- Receiving first-hand information on UI Wellness programs;
- Learning to be a healthy role model;
- Expanding your knowledge of health and wellness;
- Playing an important role in improving morale within your department;
- Work with other fun Wellness Ambassadors and UI Wellness Staff.
There are many ways you can promote the UI Wellness program. As a Wellness Ambassador, your time commitment is minimal, estimated at 30 minutes to up to 2 hours per month. See Roles & Responsibilities of a Wellness Ambassador (PDF).
If you are interested in becoming a Wellness Ambassador, you will need to complete an application that will need to be reviewed and approved by your Supervisor and Human Resources Representative (HR Rep). They will determine if this is something that fits in well with your current workload and capacity to add this volunteer position. Wellness Ambassador Application (PDF).
What if my department already has a Wellness Ambassador? In some cases it makes sense to have more than one Wellness Ambassador. For example, if your department is split up into sub-units or different buildings. UI Wellness will visit with you, other Wellness Ambassadors from the department, as well as the local HR Rep to determine if this is a good idea.