A health coach guides the overarching process—from clarifying the client’s vision to defining strategies for maintaining success once he/she has attained his/her goals. Armed with holistic knowledge of how fitness, nutrition and lifestyle influence wellbeing, a health coach works with clients to design an inclusive, flexible and responsive plan to move daily practices toward healthy choices.
Over the last 50 years we have seen a significant rise in autoimmune disease, food and environmental allergies, diabetes and obesity. Health coaches step in and help where other healthcare practitioners are unable to, providing patients with specific goals to work toward, recipes and diet guidelines, exercises and lifestyle management tools to help reduce the stress that could be contributing to disease or illness. Health coaches are able to follow up with patients on a regular, periodic basis to help them stay on track and answer any questions or concerns. These types of coaches are a huge benefit to doctors who are looking outside the box to increase the number of patients who succeed in treatment and improve their quality of life through education and support.
Doctors and their patients aren’t the only ones recognizing the assets of a health coach. Gyms, insurance companies, corporate wellness programs, schools, university athletic departments and even professional sports teams and Olympic trainers are seeking out peer health coaches to supplement their client and athlete programs. Health coaches are sought out as mentors to help guide, empower, support and motivate individuals to implement and sustain lifestyle and behavioral changes in order to achieve health, fitness and athletic goals.