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Health and wellness are her emphasis

Alexa Ernst is Children’s Be Well program coordinator.
Alexa Ernst is Children’s Be Well program coordinator.

Alexa Ernst has a passion for health and wellness, which makes her an excellent fit as Children’s Be Well program coordinator. Get to know her in this edition of Five Question Friday.

What is your role and title?

I am Children’s Be Well program coordinator. The Be Well program is devoted to bringing you a culture with an emphasis on health and wellness. Your wellness matters to Children’s, and it matters to me. I am committed and eager to provide you with a healthy work environment!

How long have you worked in employee wellness?

I have been working in employee wellness for more than three years. I began working in employee wellness after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2011 when I completed an internship supervising the Wellness Center at Boston Scientific in Arden Hills. I then worked with HealthFitness Corporation, initiating health and fitness initiatives at two multitenant buildings in Bloomington. Just recently, I had the experience to be the Health and Fitness Program Manager for GE Capital Fleet Services, where I developed wellness initiatives and administered and evaluated health and wellness programs.

What excites you most about this new role?

Everything! I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization and to be a part of something that will truly make a difference in the lives of Children’s employees. I am thrilled to engage with you as we begin to build on programs, challenges and seminars, giving you the tools that you need for your personal health and wellness.

Why did you go into wellness?

The importance of health has been a part of my entire life, and I hope that I can inspire the employees at Children’s to do the same! I was a gymnast for 14 years and truly feel that it instilled a life of health and well-being in me from a young age. I have three years of corporate wellness experience and had the opportunity to help others make lifestyle changes to improve their overall health. A person’s health is an individualized experience, each having his or her own unique story and journey; I am so excited to be a part of Children’s journey!

What experience has been most rewarding to you in your career so far?

I feel that there are rewarding opportunities every day in this career. It is so inspiring to see the impact you can make on somebody’s life each and every day. All of my experiences have led me to be here today at Children’s, and I feel that taking on this role as the Be Well program coordinator is the most rewarding experience that I could have landed. It truly is a dream job, and I couldn’t imagine a better organization with which to work. I feel grateful for the opportunity to be able to strive while working with Children’s employees as the Be Well Program continues to grow.

(Bonus question) How do you spend your time outside of work?

I enjoy spending my time being as active as possible but also love my down time reading, watching movies and eating chocolate. My favorite activities include yoga, being a part of the Twin Cities River Rats water ski show team; snowboarding, personal training, group fitness instruction, and gymnastics. You also can find me rooting on all Wisconsin sports teams!