What Is A Health Coach? And, What Do They Do?
I have spent over 20 years in the health, fitness and wellness industry. I have been coaching clients in fitness, health and nutrition for over two decades. In that time I have taken countless courses, workshops and trainings in my field but nothing felt more aligned with my philosophy and passion than becoming an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
Studying with IIN felt like I was coming home to my deepest beliefs. The school helped me put into words (and eventually client programs) what I had been loosely communicating to my clients for years.
Since the term ‘Health Coach’ is a relatively new career many people do not know exactly what a Health Coach is or does.
So, this blog post is to help clear up exactly what a Health Coach does and how they can help YOU.
I’m going to borrow the definition of a Health Coach from the IIN website.
A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who
motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health
Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals
through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. Proper health coach training
programs and health coach certification ensure that Health Coaches know
how to work with diverse groups of people and equips them with the
tools necessary to best fit the needs of their clients.
(from the IIN website http://www.integrativenutrition.com/career/healthcoaching).
In my opinion a Health Coach combines a counselor, a great friend, a personal trainer, and a private nutrition expert all into one. The Health Coach isn’t there to tell you what to do, or how to do it. The Health Coach is there to coach you to find healthier ways of doing things that fit your life and your world on your terms.
“The primary objectives of health coaching are to
educate the patient regarding self health management and to encourage
patients in taking a more proactive role in staying healthy.”-Medical Economics, Nov 2010
The Health Coach wants YOU to be the healthiest and happiest YOU that you can be. Health and happiness come in all shapes and forms, a good Health Coach understands this and coaches clients accordingly.
An IIN Health Coach looks at twelve areas of life including fitness, diet, rest, social life, spirituality, creativity, finances, career, education, joy, and more – and helps the client find balance and contentment in each area. Health is more than diet and exercise. A great Health Coach will help you find balance and happiness in ALL areas of life.
wreck our quality of life and cost a fortune. In recent years, a new and
intriguing concept has emerged in the prevention and treatment of
chronic illness: the health coach.” –CBS News, October 2009
I strongly believe that EVERYONE can benefit from a Health Coach. We can all use a little help to increase the happiness in some area of our lives. There is nothing wrong with getting a little assistance to see things through different eyes and reach improvement and change a little faster. Life is short, being happy is important.
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