My main duties within the team were assisting with daily, contracted, wellness screenings at multiple locations. Screening duties included welcoming individuals, taking their body composition results via a bioimpedance scale, communicating to them what their body composition and blood draw results mean, and answering any questions. My duties within the office setting included creating promotional materials for the Unity Point staff such as stall mates and bulletin boards. Other materials such as lunch and learns and wellness programs were also completed.
I believe my greatest accomplishments were, within the first days being able to complete a full wellness screening on my own, and offering clients a more nuanced and approachable viewpoint on how to change their health going forward.
The greatest lessons I have learned here are to stay open to new possibilities, even if they don't seem to fit initially, and that the general populace is much less healthy than many of us believe. That means that we, as Kinesiology and Health graduates, need to leave with college the intention to do more for the health of our surrounding community.
What advice would you give?
My advice for future students is to stay flexible and don't let foreign opportunities scare you. Due to the Covid-19 shutdowns, I lost my initial internship that I was very excited for and matched my career path more closely. Luckily I was flexible and resourceful enough to land a new internship with UnityPoint. Even though this position is not something that I see myself doing in the future, there were still plenty of learning opportunities to be had and if nothing else, this just affirmed my previous career path. If I had been closed off to a setting like this, I wouldn't have gained the valuable knowledge I have here.