Our Lifestyle Coaches have diverse backgrounds and expertise to help guide you with your wellness journey. You can meet with a Coach to set a goal, check-in on your progress, discuss challenges, and help with motivation.
Get Support Where You Need it Most
Topics that you can discuss include:
- Physical Activity
- Sleep Hygiene
- Staying Motivated
- Stress Management
- Work-life Balance
All appointments are conducted by phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Lifestyle Coach?
A Lifestyle Coach is not a nutritionist or a personal trainer. They are trained healthcare professionals, educated in health topics including nutrition, fitness and weight loss. They specialize in helping you set a wellness goal and providing you with tools to succeed and stay motivated.
Will my (boss/co-workers) know what I talk to my coach about?
No, the conversations you have with your coach are 100% private and confidential.
What kind of commitment is required of me if I want to see a Lifestyle Coach?
You can choose to see a Lifestyle Coach one time to get you started, but most people benefit from 2-4 sessions to check-in on their progress.
What should I expect to happen in a coaching session?
You will meet with your coach and discuss your current health challenge or goals. From there, you’ll decide what you would like to focus on and together create a plan to reach your goals.
What goals can a Lifestyle Coach help me reach?
The LifestyleCoach can help you with any wellness-related goal you have such as, losing weight, reducing stress, healthy eating, and increasing exercise.
Check out our Goal Setting Worksheet to get started!
How much does it cost?
It’s free! This benefit is accessible to all employees and retirees of the City and County of San Francisco, through the San Francisco Health Service System’s Well-Being program.
Lifestyle Coaching is also available through many of our health plans. Check out the resources available to provide you support through your health plan.
How do I sign up?
For more information about our next Lifestyle Coaching opportunity, visit our SFHSS Events Calendar!
Jennifer Barrera is a Health Education Instructor for Kaiser Permanente South Bay Worksite Wellness. In this capacity, her duties include biometric screening and health and wellness counseling. She also teaches back care workshops to private and public sector audiences.
As a health educator, Jennifer draws from her experiences as an elite college swimmer, her role as a mother of 3, and 25 years of personal fitness training. As a personal trainer, she has worked at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she built her practice around injury rehabilitation and pre/postnatal fitness. Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Science specializing in Exercise Science from California State University of Bakersfield. And, she is in the process of completing the American College of Sports Medicine certification.
MS, RDN, CDE®
Gwynne MacKay is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a Board Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®), and holds a Master’s of Science Degree from New York University. Gwynne is passionate about health promotion and her work experience includes cancer research, medical nutrition therapy, health coaching, and corporate training. Gwynne regularly practices yoga, enjoys skiing and walks at least 10,000 steps daily!
Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University. She has worked for a variety of health organizations including the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, American Cancer Society, San Jose State University Student Health Center, Aetna US Healthcare, Health Net and Healthtrac. Kathleen is a published author and has written numerous fitness, weight loss and nutrition implementation kits for the worksite. In addition to being a Health Educator at Kaiser Permanente, she is a certified Childbirth Educator and Lactation Educator Counselor, and teaches childbirth preparation, infant care and breastfeeding classes. She also co-facilitates a new mom’s support group and mentors mothers of twins. Kathleen enjoys swimming, running, bicycling, walking her dogs, traveling and watching her daughters compete as synchronized swimmers.
MSc, RDN, CLT
Laura Terrazas, MSc, RDN, CLT, has a diverse background in nutrition and over 25 years in education and special education. She proactively organizes, plans and implements trainings, and projects, both virtual and in person. Her focus is whole body wellness, including functional nutrition, community and food safety, food allergies, and behavioral nutrition. Laura works to facilitate an increased awareness and understanding of people’s unique needs and how health and wellness can be impacted.
NBC-HWC, MPH, CPT
Sue has a Master’s in Public Health and is a national board-certified Health and Wellness Coach. As a health educator, personal trainer and coach, she’s passionate about promoting total wellbeing from the inside out. She uses her nutrition and fitness expertise to help clients implement healthy lifestyle modifications tailored to their personal desires. Sue especially enjoys working with individuals, and believes that a healthy mindset and emotional wellness are critical to implementing lasting changes. When Sue is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book, listening to live music, and enjoying a glass of red wine.