Impact of the utilization of activity trackers and student coaches to enhance health and wellness within a worksite wellness program at a large Midwestern University C. Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, Lisa Hoffman, MS, Department of Kinesiology Patty Hollingsworth, BS, Healthy IU, Indiana University TRACKING DEVICES ABSTRACT Organization: This case study occurred during the 2013 Fall semester as a supplement to the Healthy IU Learn over Lunch series being offered at Indiana University, Bloomington, through the Healthy Change Worksite Wellness Initiative. Summary of the primary program: 23 employees acquired activity trackers (Fitbits/Jawbone UP’s) after completing a five part learn over lunch series on health/wellness topics. The employees were also given a student health coach (trained in the use of activity trackers) for 8 weeks. Explanation of the evaluation plan: Selected evaluation questions taken from the IU Workplace survey as well as qualitative technology survey questions were administered pre/post to access the impact of the activity trackers/coaching on the health and well-being of the participants. Summary of program impact: Self-reported perception of sleep changed with 52% pre-test and 67% post-test stating they always and mostly get enough restful sleep to function; 60% pre-test and 76% post-test reported getting up at work >5 times a day. Qualitative activity tracker analysis revealed the participants liked the sleep tracking portion of the activity trackers the best. Question: During a normal 8 week work day, how many times are you able to get up and move around for any reason? EXPLANATION OF EVALUATION PLAN • Prior to participating in this coaching/activity tracker project, clients were sent a health information form that included questions from the campus wide IU workplace wellness survey: • http://www.pbhealth.iupui.edu/index.php/research/bhealthy/results/ • Upon completing the eight week coaching/activity tracker program the same survey was then administered by coaches. • Data was compiled via a Qualtrics survey to compare pre/post survey results. Question: How often do you get enough restful sleep to function well in your job/life? ORGANIZATION During the Fall semester 2013, six graduate students and ten invited undergraduate students at Indiana University participated in a service learning academic class. Students were paired up with 23 employees who had just completed a six part series Learn over Lunch program (see example) offered through the Healthy IU employee wellness program at Indiana University, Bloomington campus. Healthy IU participants were given activity trackers (jawbones or fitbits) in order to enhance the sustainability of their efforts towards improving their lifestyles. Students in the service learning class had utilized an activity tracker in class for 6 weeks prior to working with the Healthy IU clients in order to gain knowledge on how to use the trackers. Students were then paired with Healthy IU clients for an 8 week period to “coach” them using the activity trackers and the knowledge gained on coaching during their academic class. SUMMARY OF PROGRAM IMPACT We were surprised that sleep ended up being the focus for so many clients. We learned that activity trackers can do much more than track movement. The sleep tracking and nutrition monitoring is also a part of these devices. We also learned that bringing coaches into the workplace setting had an impact on how many times they felt they could get up and move around during the day. This group actually created a “hotel walk” as their building was an old hotel. They walked one flight of stairs; walked the hallway; and did this several times a day to get their movement in during the workday. We see promise combining coaches going into the workplace setting and helping to monitor and improve healthy lifestyles utilizing activity trackers. This is our first study; which will continue on as we work with more clients in the future. We hope to learn more about the impact of the combination of activity trackers and coaching within a worksite wellness setting. ACKNOWLEDGMENT SUMMARY OF PRIMARY PROGRAM Special thanks to the Indiana University employees, Healthy IU program, and SPH academic class coaches Enrolled in the K565 course on Counseling and Leadership Health coaches included workplace workouts, walking, and e-mail correspondence in their intervention strategies. Educational sessions on activity trackers was informal and included friending the participants as well as teaching how to use different programs on the activity trackers.