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Whether you’re just getting started or have been on the journey toward better health for a while, sometimes you need a little help getting to the next level. As an MNPS employee, you have an array of resources available to you. Below are the basics on each one.

Personal Health Coaching

When you're ready to tackle your biggest health challenges, having a real, live person supporting you can make a big difference in achieving your goals. A health coach is someone who will help you create a workable plan. Someone who will walk with you through that plan, encourage you through tough times, celebrate your successes and give you space when you need it. Most importantly, a health coach is NOT someone who will judge you or be disappointed if you slip up, but rather take your hand and help you get back on track.

Bobbi Nickel, our onsite health coach, provides confidential, personalized health coaching when you want to:

  • Lose weight

  • Improve your eating habits

  • Manage a chronic health condition (like diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, respiratory disease, or obesity)

  • Make overall health improvements


Health coaching services are provided at no cost to those covered by the MNPS Cigna plan for certificated employees. To make an appointment with Bobbi, call 615-259-8755. 

Weight Management Program

For certificated employees enrolled in MNPS Cigna plan


This program, offered through the MNPS Health Care Centers, is designed for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher who want to lose weight and pursue better health. Enrollees who meet certain requirements receive 50% reimbursement for:

  • Membership fees at an approved weight management program/organization (for example, The New Beginnings Center, WeightWatchers® , Jenny Craig® , YMCA, etc.)

  • One-on-one nutrition counseling with a registered dietician/nutritionist who participates in the MNPS Cigna network

Click here for more details, including a list of approved weight management programs/organizations. Or call Laura Vanderpool at 615-875-1966.

Diabetes Prevention Program

For certificated employees enrolled in MNPS Cigna plan


Could you be at risk for diabetes? Find out here: If this one-minute screening tool shows you might be at risk, you may be eligible for an innovative, no-cost-to-you digital lifestyle change program called Omada®. The program combines technology and personal support to help you make changes that matter most — whether that’s eating, exercise, sleep or stress.

Omada’s approach has proven results, helping people lose weight and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You and/or your covered adult dependents can join the program at no cost to you if you are:

  • Enrolled in the MNPS Cigna medical plan

  • At risk for diabetes and meet eligibility requirements


Participants in this interactive program get:

  • A free wireless smart scale to monitor your progress

  • A professional Omada health coach

  • Weekly online lessons to empower you

  • An online peer group to keep you engaged


Visit to get started.

Connect with Karla®
behavioral telehealth & support

For certificated employees enrolled in MNPS Cigna plan

Teachers are passionate. They care deeply. And sometimes it’s difficult to separate and manage the feelings that come with that passion. It’s common to feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities. MNPS is committed to providing you with benefits that support not only your physical health but also your mental and emotional health.


We have partnered with Synchronous Health to offer a unique style of support to teachers: It all happens through your phone (or other smart device), so care and assistance is delivered in the moments you need it most. The program includes access to:

  • Live licensed counselors via a telehealth app

  • A virtual assistant named Karla® who will monitor your living environment and deliver encouragement, education, and support when you need it

  • Skill-building activities and exercises


Visit to learn more and register. You’ll receive a text code to download the Karla® support app and take an initial assessment survey to prepare your journey.

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Meet our onsite Health Coach










RN, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Cancer Support Educator


“My passion is helping people get healthy with a holistic approach. I love teaching people how the body works and what they can do to heal it naturally.”


Cigna Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies

This program helps you and your baby stay healthy during your pregnancy and in the days and weeks following your baby’s birth. You’ll get live telephonic support from nurses who are available to answer your questions anytime, day or night. You’ll also have access to a library of maternity resources and tools that help you track your pregnancy week by week. Download the Healthy Pregnancy app for easy access from your mobile device.


If you complete the program, you’ll be eligible to receive $500 if you enroll in your first trimester or $250 if you enroll in your second trimester. Want to know more? Call 1-800-615-2906.




The following programs are provided at no cost to those covered by an MNPS Cigna plan. To learn more, call 1-877-459-9896 or visit


Health Advocates/Personal Health Team

Cigna health advocates are registered nurses, licensed behavioral clinicians, health educators, pharmacists, nutritionists and clinicians. They are all members of Cigna’s Personal Health Team and are standing by to help you set and achieve your health goals. In addition to assistance with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart and respiratory disease, health advocates can provide guidance on medications, low back pain, osteoarthritis, anxiety and depression.


Cigna Lifestyle Management Programs

Cigna’s Lifestyle Management Programs provide free telephone coaching when you want to quit tobacco, lose weight and/or better manage stress. This program is for people who prefer to connect with a coach by telephone. It offers one-on-one coaching, convenient evening and weekend hours, and a program workbook and toolkit.


Cigna My Health Assistant

Cigna’s My Health Assistant provides free online coaching for nutrition, exercise, losing weight, managing stress, managing a chronic condition, quitting tobacco and maintaining a positive mood. Powered by WebMD, this program is for people who prefer to connect with a coach online.

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