University of Louisville combines wellness and fitness to boost well-being in campus community
Posted on Mar 6, 2017 | Written by Brian Harrigan | Comments (0)
When you invest in on-site fitness, you want the best value for services delivered. Yet, you also want an on-site fitness program that integrates well with your current program offering—and gives you a competitive advantage to attract the best talent and improve employee well-being.
With HealthFitness’ award-winning on-site fitness services, you can trust our expertise to offer on-site fitness solutions to meet your unique needs. HealthFitness brings the right people, plan and programs to make your on-site fitness center a more valuable asset for your business.
We know which questions to ask, and we listen to ensure your on-site fitness center and programming is aligned with your business needs—and the needs of your employees.
Take a look at how we partnered with University of Louisville to establish a centralized hub for their Get Healthy Now initiative—a campus-wide wellness program that combines wellness and fitness.
Top factors to consider when designing an on-site fitness center
Whether you have an existing on-site fitness facility or want build a new one, here are the top key factors to consider:
Have an existing on-site fitness facility?
You may be struggling with low membership and participation rates, a lack of strategic plan or a strained budget. Or, your current contract may soon expire and you want to see what other options are available. Understanding your existing program—what is working and what isn’t—is the first step when we transition an existing on-site fitness center.
- Identify strengths and opportunities. To do this, we start with a program value analysis. This analysis evaluates your current operating plan, programming, administrative processes, staff roles and responsibilities, budget expenditures and activities. Through this analysis, we identify strengths of your existing program as well as opportunities for enhancements and budget efficiencies.
- What do participants want? We also learn about the needs and interests of your population to identify how we can better provide fitness and health management offerings. This typically occurs through team meetings, one-on-one interactions and surveys, as appropriate.
- Set engagement goals. Next, we work with you to develop and execute a management plan and program calendar specific to your site. We implement a process to continually monitor outcomes and goal attainment, and make adjustments throughout the year to ensure your expected results are achieved.
Building a new on-site fitness facility?
You are likely questioning how to design it to maximize space and ensure the best experience for employees. Before recommending any design or facility, it’s essential to align your business goals and objectives with what you hope to achieve with a new on-site fitness center
- Define your goals and objectives. To do this, we perform a preliminary estimate for feasibility, which includes a demographic analysis. We then use our client benchmark data to demonstrate the impact other similar clients have with membership and active participation (number of times each member uses the fitness center). We also work to develop projections specific to your project and company culture.
- Determine facility requirements. Next, we conduct a facility size analysis to identify the square-footage requirements and facility components. Factors driving component selection typically include budget, space availability, and health and fitness program initiatives. Because your facility’s exercise equipment area will be a central point of utilization, we help ensure you select the right equipment based on function, affordability and employee demographics.
- Recommend staff and operations. The final step of preparing the preliminary estimate includes a projection for operations, such as the number of recommended professional staff to engage your population.
Join us at the HealthFitness University Summit, April 4-5 at Emory University
For more insight and best practices as it relates to colleges and universities, I encourage you to join me for the University Summit, sponsored by HealthFitness, on Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 p.m. to Wednesday April 5, 12:00 p.m. at Emory University.
As senior vice president, sales and development, Brian leads the business development and sales team for all population health management and fitness solutions. He has more than 16 years of experience in health care with an emphasis on new business development, strategic planning, account management, and marketing. Brian is a graduate of Duquesne University with a master’s degree in communications.