What Are Health Coaches?
Health Coaches work in many settings and, among other services, provide: general wellness and nutrition information; options, recommendations, guidance, motivation, and skill-building to establish healthier lifestyle routines; and other support mechanisms to achieve client-focused personal health goals.
Are wellness guides and supportive mentors that motivate individuals to cultivate positive health choices;
Educate and support clients to achieve client-focused health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments;
Empower their clients to take responsibility for their own health;
Support client efforts to implement and sustain healthy lifestyle changes;
Help clients with weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy improvement, stress management, digestive wellness, and improved diet.
Assist in goal setting and uncovering of personal inner truths to improve emotional health, which supports optimum physical health.
Cover all facets of wellness including nutrition, exercise, adequate sleep, proper hydration, stress repair, trapped emotional release, pathways to inner peace, personal renewal, peak performance, and spiritual balance.
Health Coaches are poised to become an integral part of an emerging preventative healthcare model. By helping clients develop and progress towards their personal wellness goals, Health Coaches fill a vital void that complements and does not replace the work of healthcare professionals. Health coaching is now recognized by some of the most acclaimed health institutions in the country as an important tool to improve health and help lower healthcare expenditures.
Health Coaches play a crucial role in addressing our nation’s healthcare crisis by creating lasting, positive, and individually-tailored changes in clients’ lives. The United States Preventative Services Task Force (“USPSTF”)—comprised of the nation’s foremost experts on preventative health and medicine—recently recommend the use of behavior counseling to improve the health of overweight and obese individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease. Not only did the USPSTF conclude in their report that behavioral counseling was effective in improving health, it also reaffirmed health coaching’s overwhelming safety and commended the diversity of practitioners in the field.1
1 United States Preventive Services Task Force, Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in
Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Statement, Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote a Healthy Healthy Diet, http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/healthy-diet-and-physicalactivity-counseling-adults-with-high-risk-of-cvd
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