WHAT IS THE CHANGES PROGRAM?

The “Create Habits, Adopt New Growth, and Enhance Self” Program recognizes that everyone faces challenges to wellness in different areas and aims to help students who may struggle with positive behavior change, weight management, body image, and/or self-esteem surrounding physical activity or movement to a degree that causes him or her significant distress. To achieve this, the 10-week program combines physical activity in a small group setting with wellness coaching and nutrition education. The program consists of:

  • Two 60-minute Fitness Assessments.
  • Two 60-minute group physical activity sessions each week with two certified fitness professionals.
  • Two 30-minute nutrition workshops with a Licensed Dietitian.
  • Three 45-minute goal setting workshops with a certified Wellness Coach.
  • Priority scheduling for wellness coaching at GatorWell Health Promotion Services (optional)
  • Priority pricing for Nutrition Counseling at RecSports (optional).

WHO IS THE CHANGES PROGRAM FOR?

Any University of Florida student currently being seen by a UF-affiliated provider is eligible for the CHANGES. Program. The provider uses his or her knowledge of the program and understanding of the student’s health and wellness goals to determine if the student is eligible to be referred to the CHANGES Program.

CHALLENGES

Currently, the service is free to all participants to reduce financial barriers of joining the program, however, with the amount of students referred each year, RecSports is limited to how many participants can join the program each semester.

OPPORTUNITIES

  • The CHANGES Program is seeking IRB approval to conduct formal research on program effectiveness by measuring perceived wellness of its participants after 10-weeks.
  • Since its inception in 2014, the CHANGES program has helped over 250 Gators adopt a lifestyle in motion. With your support, CHANGES can continue to put students in motion one Gator at a time.