In April 2015, the JCA partnered with Baptist Health to launch a service for members and staff called the JCA Baptist Wellness Connexion. Through a partnership with Baptist Health, the Wellness Connexion has brought personalized wellness guidance to hundreds of JCA staff and members as part of their JCA membership.
Two wellness coaches, who are also registered nurses with Baptist Health, conduct confidential consultations and help guide members of all ages to higher wellness goals. Amaris Chrispell, RN, and Cheryl Meyer, RN, consider themselves lucky to be involved in the unique mission of the Wellness Connexion. “I feel blessed every day to be able to come to the JCA; it feels like we are making a difference,” said Meyer. “We definitely see people taking strides in their health.”
This year alone, the Wellness Connexion, located right in the JCA lobby, has provided 161 biometric screenings, 663 wellness coaching sessions and held 263 individual appointments with members. These services include one-on-one wellness assessments, fitness guidance and resources for better, healthier living.
As wellness coaches, Chrispell and Meyer help JCA members on the path to improved wellness. The Wellness Connexion is not just for people who need support on the path to better health. The wellness coaches also help members who already have good health practices make improvements to their wellness status. Working in collaboration with the JCA Fitness and Wellness Department, the Wellness Connexion establishes lasting connections with members and the community and encourages long-term wellness progress. “I love it when people have success and they are happy. There have been a lot of people having small and large successes,” stated Chrispell.
The Wellness Connexion is offered free to JCA members and staff and is just another added benefit to JCA membership. For information about the Wellness Connexion or to take the wellness assessment, visit jcajax.org/wellnessconnexion.