Wellness August Report
What is a Health Coach?
I get this question often. The profession has grown significantly in recent years and many companies have added health coaching as part of their employee-based wellness programming. Favorable out-comes have been proven over a recommended three-year piloting, using health coaching improves em-ployee overall health & morale and cuts claims costs.
If you have had the same health and wellness goals for a lengthy period of time and have succeeded and then taken steps back, or if you just simply haven’t even come close to your goals, despite having good intentions, a qualified health coach may be just what you need. A health coach partners with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, therefore, enhance well-being.
A skilled health coach focuses on total whole health wellness. In the past, wellness has focused pri-marily on the physical aspect—most commonly known as Body Mass Index or BMI (which is so frustrat-ing!) I am attempting to continue where we left off in my previous article in which I talked about the many facets of wellness: physical health, emotional health, social health, financial health, occupational health, environmental health, spiritual health, and intellectual health. Because mental health and physical health are so closely linked, problems in one area can impact the other. Improving your physical health can also benefit your mental health and vice versa.
Health coaching focuses on ALL aspects of wellness and can assist individuals in discovering where and how their wellness can be improved. Sessions can be done via phone or virtually and are typically held weekly. Many health coaching programs ask for a commitment anywhere from 3 months up to one year to allow adequate time to make lifestyle changes and to enforce that clients are fully committed to the program. Costs can vary widely from $30 up to $150 per session for some coaches.
If you are interested in learning more about health coaching, feel free to contact me and we can schedule a free introductory session. My email is Lisa.Goodman2013@gmail.com. Remember that well-ness is not the ABSENCE of illness or stress. You can still strive for wellness even if you are experiencing these challenges in your life… it is a constant state of motion.