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Brent Larson, M.Ed., earned his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University and his M.Ed. in Vocational Education - Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. He has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2002, serving in a variety of positions including education coordinator, education consultant, tobacco quitline counselor, telephonic lifestyle behavior change coach and interim supervisor. He currently works as a wellness coach for both individuals and small groups at Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, a corporate wellness center for Mayo Clinic employees. He worked for the University of Minnesota Extension Service for nearly 20 years prior to that with programs involving youth, leadership development, citizenship, team building and group facilitation. Larson has presented workshops and information to groups ranging in size from 3 to 300, and is a qualified facilitator for both the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Real Colors personality temperament instrument. He
has completed the Wellness Coach training through Wellcoaches Corporation.

Melissa Mapes, a Wellness Coach and co-founder of the wellness coaching program for the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center-Mayo Clinic, has been practicing individual and small group coaching for the past four years. Specifically, her areas of focus for small group coaching have been on weight management and disease-specific conditions. She holds a dual Bachelors degree in Human Nutrition and in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. She comes with twelve years of experience as a Health and Wellness Specialist where she has administered fitness evaluations, developed individual exercise plans, and designed fitness, wellness, and incentive programs for fitness club patrons. She currently holds certifications as a Licensed Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches Corporation and a Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine.

The Skinny on Group Wellness Coaching for Weight Management (MP3)

Author: Brent Larson, Melissa Mape
This session was recorded during IHRSA's 30th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in March 2011.
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