Health Coach Week
Share Health Coaching with Your Elected Representatives!
Health Coach Week is an international movement to create greater awareness about the field of health coaching. In 2016, IIN had over 350 meetings with Congress, and we plan on even more this year! Do your part by connecting with the local staff of your Congressional Representatives and U.S. Senators.
Spread the word of Health Coaching with these 3 easy steps!
We’ve put together simple steps you can take to reach out to your elected officials and share with them more about the transformational work we do as Health Coaches.
- Go to your Representative and Senators websites, and locate their local/district offices (usually at the bottom of their webpage).
- Select the offices closest to you, call, and schedule a meeting.
What to say when you call
Feel free to personalize to your own voice:
“Hello, my name is (name). I live in (town), and I’m a constituent of (Name of Rep. or Senator). I am a local Health Coach who works with clients in the area to help them reach their health and wellness goals. Health coaching is a growing profession that improves overall health and lowers healthcare costs.
I’m calling because I’d like to schedule a meeting with a staff person that handles healthcare and nutrition to discuss this important profession, what Health Coaches are doing in Washington, DC, and how we make an impact here in the district.
What happens when you attend the meeting
You’ll likely find the staff pleasant, informed, and interested in you and health coaching. They want to hear from their constituents, especially you!
Below is a suggested script, feel free to personalize and tell personal stories and client improvements:
My name is ______, and I’m a Health Coach. Do you know what a Health Coach is and what we do?
We are the behavioral change agents that get people to do the things they know they should be doing for their health—but don’t.
These positive changes contribute to the achievement of an individual’s personal wellness goals, lower their healthcare expenditures, and increase energy and productivity.
Common areas of focus include improving nutrition habits, stress management, strategies to increase physical exercise, improved sleep (whatever else you’d like to add, but please stay within a Health Coach’s scope of practice).
Discuss IIN (100,000 students and graduates, all 50 states, 120+ countries over 25 years), the courses, what you learned, Primary Foods, and bioindividuality.
IIN’s Health Coach Training Program counts toward undergraduate and even graduate level credits if people are interested in pursuing additional education.
Note: Share your stories of personal health transformation and how you empower clients to do the same. Compelling stories and openness will win over the people you’re meeting with.
Ask the staff person about their health and wellness goals for the New Year and how they working toward them.
Here are the important issues you need to know about in Washington
It’s Health Coach Week!
Feb. 13 through Feb. 19
The House and Senate will introduce Health and Wellness Coach Resolutions
With leadership from Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, H.Res.552 the Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Resolution was introduced in the House last Congress (and will be reintroduced this Congress). Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) will introduce the Senate version of the resolution this year.
ASK: We would love if (Rep. or Senator) would sign on and cosponsors the legislation
We’d like to see Health Coaching added once again to the new bills!
We worked with Senate and House staff to include “health coaching” as an allowable pre-tax expense.
Ask: We encourage (Rep. or Senator) to support the House and Senate Health Savings Acts of 2017 when reintroduced this year.
Take pictures at your meeting and use the following hashtags so we can see what you’re up to! #IINCongress #HealthCoachWeek
We’ll share your pics on social media and even send a few lucky Health Coaches a gift basket of healthy snacks.
We haven’t forgotten you! We want you to participate and share the good work of IIN Health Coaches where you live, too!
To get involved, contact your local, city, and regional governments and ask them how you can submit a “Health Coach Proclamation” to support and encourage the use and Health Coaches to improve wellness.
Here’s an example of what you might send (just make sure you update the parts in parentheses!):
Expressing support for health and wellness coaches and “National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week”.
Whereas, February 13, 2017, through February 19, 2017, is “National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week”; Whereas lifestyle-related chronic diseases are at the heart of the current healthcare crisis in the (name of country);
Whereas decades of research have linked lifestyle factors, such as inactivity, poor diet, tobacco smoking, and sustained stress, with increased risk for major illnesses and death;
Whereas attempts to reduce these lifestyle-related chronic disease and costs have proven to be financially unsustainable within a system that rewards hospitalizations and invasive procedures;
Whereas incentives for interventions and technologies that achieve desired outcomes such as outpatient care, risk management, patient support, and health coaching should be encouraged;
Whereas a large gap exists between health care provider recommendations and sustainable health-related behavior change;
Whereas health coaches are a new type of health care worker who serve as wellness guides and supportive mentors that motivate individuals to cultivate positive health choices and move them toward those specific goals;
Whereas health coaches support their clients in achieving health based on the clients’ goals and consistent with the treatment plans recommended by healthcare providers;
Whereas health coaches assist clients to use their insight, personal strengths and resources, goal setting, action steps and accountability toward healthy lifestyle change;
Whereas health coaches serve a vital role in improving an individual’s wellness that complements and does not replace the work of health care professionals; and
Whereas there are an increasing number of studies that show the effectiveness of health and wellness coaches in improving individual health and wellness and reducing health care costs:
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, in the (name of city, region, etc.) —
(1) supports the designation of “National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week”; and
(2) supports the efforts of health and wellness coaches on their important work to improve the health and wellness of (name of people).