Do I Really Need to Get Certified as a Health Coach to Help People?

I already know a ton about health and nutrition. Why do I need to get certified as a Health Coach to start a Health Coaching business to help people?  -Rich, Santa Barbara

I totally understand where this question comes from. If you feel like a health expert, you’re probably thinking, “Why pay money for a program when I can just do it myself?” It’s a legitimate question, but there are also legitimate reasons why a Health Coach Training Program is worth the investment. To decide whether it’s the right choice for you, I’d start by asking yourself the questions below. 

Have you started a business by yourself before? 

If the answer is no, you’ll probably have a lot of questions.

Will the iPhone 6 Make Us Healthier?

The iPhone 6. Whether you have one yet or not, you likely haven’t been able to escape the buzz about it. And sure, it has some nifty features that mark big strides for mobile communication, photography, and information consumption.

But here’s why we’re interested: it also has the potential to do major things for people’s health by putting a Health Coaches in their pocket.

The new iPhone comes with a native Health app, which collects all of the user’s health and fitness data and presents it in an easy-to-read dashboard. Plus, Apple has unveiled a new platform called HealthKit, which developers can use to create wellness-focused apps that utilize all of the data from Health. Sounds promising!

Are Artificial Sweeteners Making Us Fat? Keri Glassman Weighs In

“People don’t understand that artificial sweeteners make you gain weight, they do not make you lose weight.” This is one of the most common nutrition myths that Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Keri Glassman says “makes her shake” when she encounters it in clients.

With a new study from Nature in the news recently asserting that artificial sweeteners interfere with the friendly bacteria in our guts, thus causing our blood sugar to spike and potentially fueling the obesity and diabetes epidemic, hopefully she’ll encounter this myth less frequently. However, as she explains in the video below, outdated dietary misconceptions abound!

Health Coach Training Program Video Diary: Graduation Day!

Laura and Ilene are now official Integrative Nutrition graduates!

One year ago, our video team began chronicling the experiences of IIN students Laura and Ilene as they went through the Health Coach Training Program, and today they are both grads and certified Health Coaches! The year flew by, and yet, looking at the incredible transformations they’ve both gone through since beginning, it seems amazing that all this happened in just twelve months.

In this final video, we check in with Laura and Ilene on how they’re feeling now that the program has ended (Ilene’s take: “I wish I could have modules pop up on my iPad forever!”), and what their plans are for the future.

Sharon’s Take: How Being “Unhealthy” Makes You a Better Health Coach

A huge obstacle to people considering a Health Coaching career is the idea that they’re not healthy enough themselves to give wellness advice to others. Well I’ll let you in on a little secret: It’s also a huge myth about Health Coaching.

I decided to enroll in the Health Coach Training Program at Integrative Nutrition because I needed a new career. I also enrolled because I needed to do some serious work on my own health.

Let me back up a bit.

Inner Demons and Unhealthy Habits

I came to New York to pursue a career in musical theater, and—shocker—it was much harder than I’d imagined. Working the crack-of-dawn shift at a Starbucks and dragging myself to auditions at night, my life didn’t look like the one I’d envisioned.

The Merrymaker Sisters' Road to Bliss

Before enrolling at Integrative Nutrition, Emma and Carla Papas were working “soul sucking” jobs in the corporate world. It was when they started their blog, The Merrymaker Sisters, that they found their bliss and decide to pursue a more fulfilling career.

When they found Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching Program, the sisters knew that it was the answer they were looking for. 

Read our Q&A to discover how Integrative Nutrition inspired Emma and Carla to follow their bliss. 

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

Healthy Restaurant Roundup 2: More Eateries from IIN Grads!

Earlier this month, we posted a mouthwatering, superfood-filled roundup of healthy restaurants opened by Integrative Nutrition grads—and boy did we get a response! It’s clear not only that our community is clamoring for recommendations on places to get great healthy food, but also that there are more fabulous eateries from IIN alumni out there than we could have imagined.

New Study Shows Walking or Biking to Work Increases Happiness

How do you get to work every day?

Do you lace up your walking shoes, clip on your helmet, or buckle up your seatbelt?

It might seem like a small choice, but this one part of your daily routine could be having a huge impact on your overall well-being.

A new study out of England shows that those who walk or bike to work experience mental benefits and have higher levels of happiness than those who drive. The ten-year study analyzed information from nearly 18,000 commuters, who were each assigned a well-being score based on their responses to questions about things like feelings of worthlessness or unhappiness, sleepless nights, or being unable to face problems.

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