Health Coaching - a health revolution ?!
Jul 22, 2018
In a fast moving world, time deprived for self care, here are few facts that should make everyone more aware of where the future will bring us.
Did you know that :
Proper diet, exercise and not smoking prevents 80% of CAD (Coronary Artery Disease), 90% of DM ( Diabetes Mellitus) and 70% of cancers” (Willet, Harvard).
Teenage pre-diabetes and diabetes increased from 9% to 23% from 2000 to 2008 (PEDIATRICS Volume 129, Number 6, June 2012 - The Institute for Functional Magazine).
More than 65% of Americans are overweight, and it is estimated that by 2020 half of all Americans will have a chronic disease.
The Anti-Aging Movement is Old:
- life expectancy has increased from 49.2 to 77.9 years from 1900 to 2007
- duration of years with morbidity has increased from 1998 to 2008
- we are not effectively preventing chronic disease, we are just living longer, but not better
Physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals serve crucial functions but may not have the time or intent to discuss other factors that prevent clients from carrying out their well-intentioned recommendations. Health Coaches fill this void 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 the quality of life. A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority helping clients feel their best through food & lifestyle changes by tailoring individualized wellness programs to meet their clients' needs.
How can they help? What’s their role? What do they do?
The Integrative Health Coaches:
Guide conversations to allow clients to explore areas they feel need attention.
Make recommendations for basic, health-supportive behavior changes.
Encourage clients to adapt healthy behavior changes and to hold themselves accountable for their choices, while supporting them in those decisions.
Recommend that clients consult their doctor or medical practitioner before changing a medication, making major dietary changes, starting a new fitness routine, or making any potentially harmful behavior changes.
Refer to the appropriate medical professional for proper treatment of medical issues.
Know how to live in a healthy manner, incorporate health foods and exercise, and help people find balance.
Work in an ongoing coaching plan to support client goals.
Assess a client’s overall well-being and together come up with recommendations to help enact basic health-supportive modifications.
Help people understand how to nourish themselves holistically and coaches them toward their goals.
Serve as an active and supportive listener, utilizing core coaching skills to ask questions that allow clients to discover their own challenges and solutions.
Focus primarily on the present and future. Health Coaches highlight clients’ strengths and help them to make immediate lifestyle changes to work toward their goals.
Focus on nutrition, physical activity, relationships, career, and spirituality. These elements can impact markers of health such as stress, weight, and energy levels.
Let’s think about how you’re treating yourself — from literal self-care in a physical sense with the health of your body, spiritually, and mentally. Most of the diseases we are trying to manage are lifestyle related. The compression of morbidity occurs with proper lifestyle modification.
“the love you show others starts with the love you show yourself ”
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