The purpose of this study was to understand the role of telephonic health coaching in reducing the risk behaviors of physical inactivity and imprudent dietary behaviors and improving cholesterol levels from Year 1 to Year 2. Data related to 45,410 employees was drawn from seven employer groups from January 1, 2009 to December 12, 2012. Descriptive statistics, independent sample t-tests, one sample t-tests, and Pearson's product-moment correlational analyses were used to describe the employees in data set and test the hypotheses of this study. Health coaching participants were significantly more likely to be females than males. Participants in health coaching had lower cholesterol levels and healthier dietary behaviors than nonparticipants in health coaching. Further research is needed to compare the impact of enrollment into health coaching versus engagement in other wellness initiatives for ongoing behavior change.


Marlene K. Tappe

First Committee Member

Autumn R. Hamilton

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing

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