Why Hire a Health Coach?
Updated: Mar 2
The health coaching industry is exploding! There are so many options. If you're in the market to find a health coach to keep you accountable to yourself on your wellness journey, here are some tips to help you navigate finding a good fit health coach.
Where does one start?
First, do you have health goals in mind or questions you need answering so that you can move forward confidently in your daily living? Are you seeking education on healthier living solutions? Want to increase your own understanding of wellness with the end goal of feeling better and improving the way you see yourself?
To start: Ask your warm market. You can reach out to your friends on social media or post a question in a forum in your city or even find an online or in-person group that's geared towards the goals you have in mind. You can do a web search with your zip code to see who is available in your area. You can also reach out to your local hospital, your practitioner, private practices, or chamber of commerce to find health coaches.
Typically, health coaches are not covered by medical insurance. However, it is reasonable to consider that health coaches can help lower overall healthcare costs.
Sometimes health coaches work with private practice doctors. The health coach serves as the liaison between the patient and their doctor. Through their commitment to your health and the partnership with the doctor, they can help increase patient satisfaction and reduce physician stress and burnout by freeing up time. Many times patients can't get in to see their practitioner but they have a question regarding the goals they established as part of their care. The health coach that works with the physician can support you in the meantime offering education, answering questions, and sharing resources that align with the established goals. Also, just having another person to talk to is really helpful!
Most other times, health coaches are on their own serving the wellness needs for their private clients. All health coaches offer individualized food and lifestyle changes. Every health coach has a scope of education and expertise and so they can differ in their programs and support.
Occasionally, companies will hire a health coach for their employees as a benefit to working there. This would be considered corporate wellness. The coaches may offer group presentations, classes or workshops, or private sessions with the employees. The health coaches are paid by the company and the employees receive the health support at no cost.
What is a health coach? Listen here (1m 24s).
[In health coaching, we] "create individualized solutions that support genuine, lasting lifestyle changes. It’s more than just knowing the science behind nutrition and exercise, it’s understanding how to motivate coaching clients to live happier, healthier lives." - Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
Once you find a health coach that works with your specific needs, they will be supportive, open minded, they will listen, and they will not tell you what to do nor will they 'should' on you. Bottom line, open communication between you and the coach at all times is important. Be honest. Ask about their wellness guidelines they have in place to see how / if they will align with your values and needs.
As a Certified Health Coach, my specialties are in families with children at home and the aging population. I coach from a real food perspective and I offer resources, suggestions, tips, and education. I also stay in my scope. I will not treat, cure, or advise you. I will not meal plan for you nor will I do the work for you. I will point you to the resources, education, and share my guidelines. You can become an informed consumer and an empowered person in your family/community through your personal decisions.
Why don't you see if we are a good fit by connecting with me over email? Share your top 3 goals and I will share an overview of the education you'll gain from me and my services. If I can't help or your requests are out of my scope, I can refer you out. Thank you for your email - I'm looking forward to connecting with you!
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Disclaimer: Information shared is for educational and entertainment purposes. Consult your practitioner for guidance regarding your personal health profile.