Health Coaching

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Why Health Coaching?

If you would like to change your diet, smoking or activity level but find it difficult then health coaching, a new free service for university staff, might be for you.

What is Health Coaching?

Health coaching is a form of one-to-one coaching originally developed and tested by Public Health, NHS Grampian, designed to help you to achieve the positive lifestyle changes that matter to you. A coach will meet with you four to five times to help you decide what you want to change and to work on the skills you will need to be more active, eat better, drink less or reduce/quit smoking. For example, you might work on setting appropriate goals, on improving confidence, or on identifying likely problems and barriers to success. All of your interactions with your health coach are completely confidential.

What do previous clients think?

People using NHS Grampian’s health coaching service have said;

"No preaching common sense approach".

"The sessions really helped me and gave me more confidence".

"Just a big thank you! ….. with the help and support received I have made changes that have improved my life! (BIG TIME!)".”I found the sessions gave me food for thought and the encouragement I got was helpful."

Who are the health coaches?

The service is led by health psychologist Dr Clare Cooper and delivered by a team of Stage 1 trainee health psychologists who have completed additional training in health coaching.

What does it involve?

As a client, you will meet with your Health Coach 4 or 5 times for 30-45 minutes each time. These appointments will be arranged at mutually convenient times and are typically 1 or 2 weeks apart so that you have time to work on agreed targets or to think about particular issues between appointments.

Where does health coaching take place?

Coaching takes place on the Foresterhill and King’s campus in various rooms within in the main University buildings on site.

When does health coaching take place?

Health coaching sessions will be available at various times within the working day (9am-6pm) and clients and coaches are free to agree mutually convenient times.

How do I get involved?

Please contact to register your interest or find out more.



Healthy Working Lives

Healthy Working Lives

The Healthy Working Lives (HWL) Awards is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage employers to promote a safer and healthier workforce. The HWL Award Programme recognises that looking after the health, safety and wellbeing of employees is not only good for the individual, but also contributes to reduced sickness absence, fewer workplace accidents, greater productivity and increased efficiency.

The Sport and Exercise Team run Free Style Fitness Yoga for staff as part of Health Working Lives. Visit their website for more information.

Aberdeen Sports Village

Aberdeen Sports Village

Membership of ASV

The University provides free off-peak memberships of Aberdeen Sports Village to all its employees. Off peak memberships allow users to access the fitness suite and classes from 05.30-16.30 Monday to Friday (last entry 16.00), and anytime at weekends. In addition, University staff will be allowed entry to Tuesday’s Total Fitness and Thursday’s Sports Conditioning evening classes free of charge. Please see the class timetable for details of times.

On your first visit to ASV, please take your Staff ID card along to reception. You will be asked to complete a short membership application form and the ASV team will then activate your membership (Staff ID) card for you.

If you refer a friend, their ASV membership will cost just £30 per month. more information

Upgrade options

Staff can upgrade their free off-peak membership to a peak membership (gym, class, aquatics, athletics & squash access during all opening hours) with a small additional monthly cost. To upgrade, please contact ASV directly on +44 (0) 1224 43 8900. or click here for more information.

Sport and Exercise Team

The University of Aberdeen Sport and Exercise Team is based at Aberdeen Sports Village. They are dedicated to encouraging participation, enjoyment and mastery in sport and exercise. They take pride in their teaching and the vast amount of opportunities they offer staff, students and the local community.

Visit the dedicated Sport and Exercise Team website where you will find a network of support that features a variety of services, programmes, and classes. So go on...feel inspired, be motivated and take a step towards a healthier you!

Stress Management

The University of Aberdeen is committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment for all staff and we recognise that excessive levels of work-related stress are a potential cause of ill-health.

We also recognise that we have a duty in law to ensure that the health of our employees is not adversely affected by their work. This Policy provides guidance on how issues relating to work-related stress will be managed within the University.

Mental Health and Stress Resources