Thrive at GVSU
Thrive at GVSU (Revived) is Here
You asked and we listened—we are no longer administering the program through Priority Health/Virgin Pulse. We are excited to partner with a Michigan-based organization of wellness experts to provide a more personalized experience for members for the 2023 program. Medical benefit eligible faculty and staff, register now to receive free and confidential support on your goals from a local coach, and earn $100!
President Mantella and GVSU Wellness Ambassadors share their excitement for the relaunch of the Thrive at GVSU wellness coaching program.
We Want to Help You Thrive
Increase confidence to achieve your goals. Effectively manage stress. Improve your health.
Grand Valley employees who engage with a wellness coach through Thrive at GVSU report increased levels of confidence in achieving personal wellness goals and the ability to effectively manage stress, as well as improved states of health.
Thrive at GVSU is a voluntary, confidential and free program:
- Trained coaches provide a confidential sounding board for a variety of physical, emotional, social, and other hurdles and help you reach goals.
- The three-month program is open to all medical benefit eligible faculty and staff and covered spouses/household members.
- Investing in your wellness helps improve your life now and in the future.
- Earn $100 for participating in the three month program.
- As of 9-30-2022, coaching is no longer be available through Virgin Pulse
- Grand Valley State University is partnering with a Michigan-based company to continue offering coaching services
- Employees can opt-in to the coaching program during Open Enrollment 2023 in the end of October
- Rewards are earned by meeting goals set between you and your coach during the three month program
True or False: Wellness Coaching Edition
Q: The wellness coach will share what we talk about with GVSU which could impact my employment.
A: FALSE. The program complies with HIPAA requirements. GVSU does not receive any personal information discussed in the coaching sessions.
Q: The only reason to work with a wellness coach is if something is wrong with me.
A: FALSE. Coaching can be a tool for anyone wanting to set goals around topics in financial planning, stress management, family dynamics, and nutrition and weight management efforts. You may also want a coach if:
- You’re running low on motivation. A wellness coach can help you build confidence, provide support, and offer inspiration.
- You need someone on your side. Your coach is like a really knowledgeable friend who’s there to listen, ask good questions, and keep you on track with your goals.
- You need help recognizing successes. A wellness coach can help you identify wins and celebrate your progress.
- You need extra support. Wellness coaching can enhance and support other wellness programs you participate in.
Q: Wellness Coaching is not the same as working with a counselor or therapist.
A: TRUE. Wellness coaches are trained professionals that have passed written and oral exams from a nationally recognized certification organization and are available to help GVSU faculty and staff work toward meeting self-identified goals. A coach is not a licensed therapist; if a situation arises where the coach recognizes they may be out of their scope of practice, will suggest the appropriate referral for the member. Coaches will not make referrals without member consent unless there is reason to believe members may cause harm to themselves or others.
Q: A wellness coach is a supportive resource in addition to your health care professional, therapist or social worker.
A: TRUE. Working with a coach can supplement any work being done with your health care professional, therapist or social worker.
Q: Wellness Coaches will tell me what I need to do.
A: FALSE. Wellness coaches ask questions of members, allowing members to identify the best starting point, discussion topics, and preferred route for action.
- Your first coaching session: You and your coach will develop personal goals, an action plan, and review your health assessment results.
- Additional coaching sessions: You’ll work with your coach to review your progress toward your goals, explore and resolve challenges, and set your goals for the next session.