NIWH Graduate Spotlight:
NIWH Graduate Spotlight Questionnaire
Cindy Luisi, BA, CCP, WHE, CDL Wellness Coach
Q: What drew you to the Whole Health field and the National Institute of Whole Health?
A: I was drawn to the Whole Health field as a way to find the purpose in my passions- psychology, fitness, and nutrition. I spent many years as a long-distance swimmer, runner, triathlete, and group fitness trainer, while also doing some graduate work in exercise physiology and nutrition before being drawn into my family business.
My degree was in psychology, and I’ve always been drawn to helping others and the psychographics of human behavior. The program provided the perfect alchemy to combine and practice all my lifelong passions.
Q: Did the Whole Health training meet your professional goals?
A: Yes, the Whole Health training prepared me extensively for working as a patient educator, wellness educator/ coach, and in directing the wellness education and content management in my current position.
Q: How are you currently applying your training from NIWH?
A: I am currently employed by a national wellness technology company. I began as a corporate wellness coach and quickly rose to wellness content creator, writing for their blog and creating podcast material.
I now manage the wellness content direction for the company, handle the marketing, and still work as an onsite wellness coach and account liaison.
We address the unique needs of the transportation industry, specifically, truck drivers. Truck drivers suffer so many chronic health conditions due to their very sedentary lifestyle, lack of healthy food at truck stops, extreme stress, and sleep deprivation. They are twice as likely to be obese compared to other populations and they suffer twice the rate of diabetes, a 30% higher incidence of hypertension, and their average lifespan is just 64 years.
Our platform addresses fitness, nutrition, hydration, sleep, and well-being. We focus on wellness education through our content which includes, videos, blogs, podcasts, and handouts and the platform also uses an app-based engagement tool that allows the drivers to compete in health challenges where they earn points for healthy behaviors and compete with fellow employees.
I work to connect the dots with the Whole Health approach so that they understand how their lifestyle habits are connected to their wellness and this really helps them to make small changes to improve their health.
Q: Would you recommend the Whole Health training to others?
A: I would highly recommend Whole Health training! It is a wonderful and enlightening program for anyone who works with others in helping them manage and better understand their health conditions. The materials are excellent, and the program helps participants not only see the “Big Picture of Health”, but also deftly teaches how to best put the knowledge into action and help people change their lifestyle and health behaviors in positive ways.