why do we need health coaching?
Research continues to support the use of lifestyle change involving exercise, spiritual practice, diet, and other behaviors for conditions such as chronic stress, weight loss, migraine headaches, constipation, arthritis, as well as many others.
Nearly 80 percent of preventable disease risk factors are influenced by behaviors like smoking, chronic stress, poor diet or lack of exercise, yet we are unsuccessful at changing these behaviors.
Traditional medical professionals play specific roles in contributing to an individual’s overall wellness, the current healthcare model fails to bring about lasting healthy lifestyle changes. Physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals serve crucial functions but may not have the time or intent to discuss other factors that prevent patients from carrying out their well-intentioned recommendations.
The medical model is more disease treatment focused than disease prevention focused. While that is changing, traditional health care providers, often do no that have the time or the tools to help their patients make the changes they need or desire. Health coaching fills the void.
We are what we eat. Good health depends upon a healthy diet, and as such, learning and understanding basic concepts in dietary nutrition is a large part of Health Coach training.
Health coaches are trained to help clients nourish themselves with the primary foods of life, including spirituality, career, physical activity, and relationships.
Health Coaches help clients develop targeted goals and a viable plan for carrying out regimens prescribed by their medical professionals, as well as enacting basic, health-supportive modifications and habits.
why does health coaching work?
what makes it different from other diets?
By supporting real-world lifestyle and behavioral changes, Health Coaches play a crucial part in health maintenance, disease prevention, and even disease reversal – supporting the concerted mission of all healthcare professionals to increase health and quality of life.
Health coaches do not diagnose or treat; but rather, assess a client’s overall well-being while allowing the client to drive the conversation and determine areas of desired focus. In addition to specific goals, focuses on teaching clients to eventually be self-sufficient by learning to observe the body’s responses to various lifestyle and dietary modifications and choosing health-promoting behaviors that work for them on their own
Diets are a short-term prescription not a long-term solution. They work for a while but they are usually not sustainable because they do not address the underlying life issues that get in the way. Health and even weight is not only about food, it is related to stress, work, life, relationships, taking care of yourself, and happiness. Diets usually only address the food. Health coaches help you manage it all.
See the about section for more information on my coaching philosophy and services.