What Does a Health Coach Do?

October 3, 2018

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If you’ve been exploring the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, you may be asking yourself, “What does a Health Coach actually do?” Well, with an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certificate, the opportunities are endless!

Before we dive in, let’s start with the basics – what exactly IS a Health Coach?

A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who helps others feel their best through individualized food and lifestyle changes that meet their unique needs and health goals. Often times, Health Coaches provide their services in private coaching practices with one-on-one and group coaching.

Health coaching isn’t about one diet or one way of living. Instead, Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches focus on bio-individuality – the idea that we’re all different and have unique dietary, lifestyle, emotional, and physical needs. This means that we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness. Instead, Health Coaches work with clients to help them discover how to fuel their bodies and become the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves.

Health Coaches also emphasize health beyond the plate as they approach wellness through primary food. At the core of the Integrative Nutrition curriculum is the idea that there are areas of your life that impact your health just as much as the food you eat – your relationships, career, spirituality, and physical activity.

In general, Health Coaches use the concepts of bio-individuality and primary food, along with over 100 dietary theories explored during the Health Coach Training Program, to take a holistic and proactive approach to health.

Our graduates  have gone on to start private coaching practices, work in doctors’ offices, develop health-minded beauty and wellness projects, launch cooking and meal planning services, write bestselling books, and lead corporate wellness trainings!

Integrative Nutrition is creating a ripple effect around the world as Health Coaches educate their communities on what it means to be truly healthy, what a Health Coach is, what they do, and how they can help individuals.

Health Coaches are also having a profound impact on the healthcare system. Today, 70% of deaths each year are caused by chronic illnesses, but only 3% of our healthcare dollars are spent on preventive care. That’s where Health Coaches come in.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches are revolutionizing the healthcare system through the power of nutrition, primary food, active listening, high-mileage questions, goal setting, and other techniques unique to health coaching. While the average visit to the doctor only lasts eight minutes, the average health coaching session is 50 minutes twice a month – an in-depth conversation between Health Coaches and their clients. It’s evident that Health Coaches are filling a vital gap between patients and doctors.

With more doctors and medical practitioners recognizing the value of nutrition, movement, and other lifestyle factors in overall health, more and more have begun to employ Health Coaches as part of their long-term patient care strategy. Integrating Health Coaches into traditional medical care as accessible contacts for patients implementing a healthier lifestyle has created a firm foundation for a better vision of healthcare.

Plus, the simple act of having someone listen to how you’re feeling releases stress and tension – two of the major causes of chronic disease. As Health Coaches lend an ear, they reduce their clients’ overall strain on the body while getting a holistic perspective of what’s impacting their health.

Health coaching is more than just a niche in healthcare; it’s a powerful movement for change that is creating a better world.

Interested in pursuing a career as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach? Click here to learn more today!

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