What is Health and Wellness Coaching?

What is a Health and Wellness Coach?

I get this question a lot. And rightly so! There are so many different titles for coaches floating around: Wellness Coach, health coach, running coach, life coach. I ask myself the same question. What do they do???

In the car with my kids heading to the zoo one summer morning about 3 years ago we heard an NPR segment on Wellcoaches. NPR interviewed Coach Meg, founder of Wellcoaches. She talked about the great success that clients experienced when they used evidence-based research to change habits, increase happiness, balance personal life and work life, minimize stress, quit smoking, and engage in other healthier activities.

The National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches is developing much-needed national standards for training and education, and a national certification with the International Coach Federation and the American College of Sports Medicine by the end of 2016. Before then, you can always ask about the certification that a coach has received. I personally have the Wellcoaches certification and find their program to be top notch, with comprehensive training on neuroscience, appreciative inquiry, motivational interviewing and more. Clients of Wellcoaches coach cultivate optimism which then makes us more productive at home and work, their stress perception improves, they bounce back from setbacks more quickly and have better health with less disease.

I not only coach but I have my own Health and Wellness coach. She calls me every Monday morning and we discuss how my goals from the previous week went. We celebrate my successes and discuss how to continue to move onward and upward in the coming week.

I always question whether I, a Health and Wellness Coach, needs a Health and Wellness Coach…Can’t I do this for myself? Well, if you were a dentist, would you do your own root canal? Everyone can use a Health and Wellness Coach.


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