Health coaching

Included with your Cigna coverage


Personal Health Coaching

Need some one-on-one help with a health concern or improvement effort? Bobbi Nickel and Samantha Simpson, our onsite health coaches, are here for no cost to you! They provide confidential, personalized health coaching when you want to lose weight, improve your eating habits, quit smoking, manage a chronic health condition (like diabetes, heart or respiratory disease or obesity), set goals or make other health improvements.


Bobbi works through the Vanderbilt Health at MNPS Employee & Family Health Care Centers. Call 615-259-8755 to make an appointment with Bobbi or learn about coaching classes.

Samantha is dedicated exclusively to MNPS certificated employees and their family members enrolled in the Cigna Medical Plan. Her office is on the Central Office campus. Call 703-718-1576 or email to make an appointment with Samantha.

As with all our health care providers, anything you discuss with our health coaches is completely confidential and private.

Weight Management Program

The Weight Management Program, offered through the MNPS Health Care Centers, provides personalized help for people with a BMI of 25 or greater who want to lose weight.


Enrollees who meet certain requirements can 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


To learn more about the Weight Management Program, view our program flier or contact 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.

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. As a participant, you will have opportunities for education and support through your entire pregnancy and after. Special features of Healthy Babies include:

  • Live support 24/7 from a registered nurse case manager where you can ask questions or get tips on everything from how to handle pregnancy discomfort to birthing classes and maternity benefits

  • Access to a library of maternity resources and tools that help you track your pregnancy week by week


Enrollment is as easy as calling toll-free 1-800-615-2906. You can even enroll before becoming pregnant. 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.


You can also get the Cigna Healthy Pregnancy app: Healthy PregnancyTM app.

Cigna 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. Call 1-877-459-9896 or visit


Lifestyle Management Programs®

This program provides free telephone coaching support when you want to quit tobacco, lose weight and/or better manage stress. It’s for people who prefer to connect with a coach by telephone, offering one-on-one coaching, convenient hours, and a program workbook and toolkit. Call 1-877-459-9896 or visit

My Health Assistant®

This program, powered by WedMD, offers free online coaching support for nutrition, exercise, losing weight, managing stress, managing a chronic condition, quitting tobacco and maintaining a positive mood. This program is for people who prefer to connect with a coach online. Visit

If you are a certificated employee, contact Kim Cromartie



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