Fuller drives wellness improvements with help from BetterYou

January 2019

Joined

6 Months

Length of Study

31%

Improvement

How can you drive wellness improvements half a world away? Thats the question Fuller wanted to answer with BetterYou last semester.

A Better Way to Improve Wellness Across Multiple Campuses

Fuller Theological Seminary is a multidenominational graduate institution in Pasadena, California, with regional campuses across the western United States. The seminary has 2,897 students from 90 countries and 110 denominations. With such diverse students both on and off campus, helping students make meaningful improvements in health and wellness was challenging for the administrators.

“With online students, you have to think of creative ways to get in front of them. One of the things we liked about BetterYou was that it engaged students where they were spending most of their time already.”

 

Laura McDowell, Director of Student Life

With BetterYou, Fuller students were able to set goals and allocate more time to the things they wanted to prioritize (staying connected with loved ones, getting more sleep, being physically active, etc.) Running silently in the background, BetterYou learned students’ behavior and then gave small “nudges” of reminders when they started to fall off track. 

“We can be so busy that we don’t realize when we haven’t chatted with the people important to us.”

 

Candice, Student at Fuller

The Results After Just 6 Months

“We thought a multi-dimensional approach to wellness (physical, social, education, and mindfulness) would be most appropriate because our students come from different walks of life”, said Laura, Director of Student Life. With BetterYou, Fuller students were able to select the goals that were most relevant for them. The app took care of the rest.

BetterYou helped students maximize their time by reminding them when they were doing an action that was getting in the way of one of their goals. For example, it might encourage a student to call a loved one if they were spending an excessive amount of time on social media.

 

After 6 months with the help of BetterYou

600 EXTRA STEPS PER STUDENT/DAY

AN EXTRA 8 MINUTES OF TALK TIME WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY EACH WEEK

AN EXTRA SESSION OF MINDFULNESS/WORSHIP EVERY SINGLE WEEK

“I like the ability of the app to input stuff and work behind the scenes so I don’t need to track a bunch of stuff or do a lot of work on my end.”

 

Cara, Student at Fuller

Conclusion

When Fuller wanted to increase engagement with their diverse student population, it was important for them to find a solution that was flexible, fit within student schedules, and didn’t require manual data input. By offering BetterYou, Fuller helped their students achieve their wellness goals and the administration was able to measure their population health regularly to provide support when their students needed it the most. 

 

 

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