Looking to become a Cyde Kick?

Junior and senior undergraduate students can be trained to become Cyde Kicks through enrollment in KIN 494 A&B: Practicum in Motivational Interviewing offered each semester on Tuesdays from 2:10 – 3:00 PM!

  • Learn a collaborative, solution-focused, result-oriented health coaching technique
  • Work with other students to facilitate the enhancement of health, life experience, self-directed learning, and personal growth
  • Fulfill the practicum requirement needed to complete the new health coaching certificate

For more information contact Justin Lusk at jlusk@iastate.edu or visit studentwellness.iastate.edu/health-coaching


As a peer health coach you will help participants:

  • Identify overall goals for behavior change
  • Create and achieve small goals geared toward reaching the overall goal
  • Empower the participant to stay motivated and proactive
  • Encouraging and improving self-efficacy


Awesome leadership experience and get a chance to work with Student Wellness on campus!  Below are the different levels of involvement and leadership experience you can gain from the Cyde Kick experience. 

Level 1: Train to become a Cyde Kick (one semester)

  • Enroll in KIN 494 A&B to train to become a Cyde Kick. The course is split into Parts A & B, each 8-weeks long.
    • Part A is the training portion of the curriculum, using online content and in class practical activities to learn how to use motivational interviewing effectively
    • Part B is the practicum portion of the course. As part of this practicum, you will meet one-on-one with undergraduate freshman and sophomore students to work toward behavior changes utilizing motivational interviewing


Level 2: Become a Cyde Kick (1-2 semesters)

  • Work as a Cyde Kick and help other students grow in their health-related behavior change goals, such as increasing physical activity, eating healthy, managing time, and reducing stress
  • Become a Peer Mentor and support students currently training to become a Cyde Kick
  • Receive Student Wellness apparel, including a polo (etc whatever we decide on)


Level 3: Become a Cyde Kick Teaching Assistant (1 semester)

  • Apply to be a Cyde Kick Teaching Assistant for KIN 494 A&B
  • Work with KIN 494 instructors to refine course activities
  • Lead in-class activities and facilitate class discussion


If you are interested in becoming a Cyde Kick, please fill out this form below.  Someone will be in contact with you soon with more information.


Peer Health Coach Interest Form

Preferred Full Name *

Classification *
Second YearThird YearFourth Year or Higher

ISU Email *
Please DO NOT submit your university ID.

Essay Questions

Please share what you know about health coaching? *

Why are you interested in becoming a Peer Health Coach? *

What pre-qualifications do you hold that would help make you an excellent Peer Health Coach? *

Have you taken any courses that will assist you in being successful as a Peer Health Coach? *

How will being a trained Peer Health Coach assist you in the future? *

If you have any questions about Peer Health Coaching, please contact Student Wellness at 515-294-1099 or studentwellness@iastate.edu.