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What is the Role of a Health Coach?

health coaching, lifestyle, wellness program, weight loss

 

 

health coaching, lifestyle, wellness program, weight loss

 

Our health care is broken, our country is sicker and more obese and disease-ridden than ever. There is something amiss, which has called to action the role of a Health Coach. Health Coaches are at the forefront of today’s health revolution. At a time when one in five people will die of lifestyle related disease, Health Coaches provide the nutritional and lifestyle guidance society desperately needs to find its way back to health.

A health coach is not a nutritionist, or a dietitian. A Health Coach is a cheerleader, motivator, holistic practitioner, healthy living guru, recipe creator, clean eating expert, and fitness advisor. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the largest nutrition school in the country, defines a health coach as “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.” To put it simply, health coaches are highly educated guides in the fields of nutrition, wellness, bio-individuality and mentoring.

There is scientific evidence that working with a Health Coach has a significant increase in a more positive result. Several studies have shown health coaching to be effective in improving various aspects of health. One of the Study methods was based on 5405 employees aged 18–85, during 2001–2008. The objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive health coaching intervention at lowering weight. The results Average body mass index (BMI) significantly decreased from 32.1 at baseline to 31.4 at 3 months, 31.0 at 6 months, and 30.6 at 12 months. Change in BMI through 12 months was −0.7% for those with normal weight, −2.0% for overweight, −3.6% for obese, and −7.1% for morbidly obese individuals at baseline. CONCLUSION: Interactive health coaching significantly lowered BMI among participants through 3, 6, and 12 months of follow-up.

At Vivire Wellness our coaches help you succeed. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, get fit, or start living a healthier lifestyle, our coaches are there to support you 100% of the way. We work with corporations, small groups or individuals, whom want to lose weight, increase energy, or get healthy and start the living the life they love. You can even schedule a free Lose weight without Dieting Discovery session with Vivire Wellness, to discuss your challenges, struggles and plan of action.

 

You can read about our Creator’s Health Coach journey at Integrative Institute of Nutrition here.

 

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37 Comments

  1. Saw you on 10K course. I now know what a health coach is, thanks to your blog. I think I might start calling myself one soon lol, or a wellness coach. Great job!

  2. Health coaching is really important indeed. It is something that’ll guide you to fitness. Thank you for a great post

  3. I badly need a Health coach. I need a motivator to practice clean eating. Thanks for explaining the role of a Health Coach.

  4. I really like this because the idea of having someone dedicated to keeping me focused would help inspire me so much!

  5. Health coaches are great for accountability and encouragement! I appreciate your research based information!

  6. I concur 100%!! As a Culinary Health Consultant, this is my role as well. Yes, the healthcare system here has failed miserably- charging astronomical amounts of money for ongoing ‘treatment’ and not actual prevention. It’s a dispiccable process that leaves the majority sick or dead. GREAT POST!!

  7. Awesome post! As a Culinary Health Consultant, this role is the same for me. Our healthcare system has failed over and over again by astronomical medical costs with no sight or real concern for prevention.

  8. Great definition of a health coach. After reading this it looks like I need one to stay healthy.

  9. My new years resolution is to invest in getting me a health coach to hwlp ans guide me throughout my weightloss journey. Great informative post!

  10. A good coach can do wonders …health is being grossly neglected by majority for reason of lack of awareness…a good coach will surely help

  11. I have several friends that are health coaches. I have had them coach me along my journey to becoming healthier. Health coaches are amazing at what they do in helping others to become the best that they can be with their health and lifestyle.

  12. A health coach is definitely important to keep you clear and focused on your wellness journey. If I didn’t travel non-stop, I would definitely consider working with one. 🙂

  13. Yep. Definitely need one to help me out with my diet and health. Not easy going through this by yourslef, mentally is very difficult and this is where the coach can and will give you the the positive vibes and motivations to keep you going.

  14. It isn’t just about health coaching, you have to have a client who is willing to do the necessary life changes that are needed to remain healthy. The sad fact is, that in the United States most of our nation DOES NOT want to do what is necessary. They do what is convenient.

  15. I know that if I want to live healthier, I really have to do that with a healt coach. I have to have someone who pulls me through, gives me good advice, and with such a coach that goes a lot better than if I did it to myself. So definitely something to think about.

  16. Honestly, I have never heard about having a health coach before. Although I am all for people cheering me on to make the right decisions. It’s easy to get lazy and not make good decisions and having someone in my corner always helps.

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