To express gratitude for the Health Coaches in our community spreading the ripple effect of health and happiness, we hosted our second-annual virtual Health Coach Day, complete with meditation, full-body movement, cooking, career development discussions, and so much more!
Now more than ever, Health Coaches are needed to help reduce the prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases and guide people to find health and balance in all areas of their lives. Today, Health Coaches are supporting their communities even further as we collectively continue to experience grief, stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic brought attention to how important it is to take care of our health from all angles, from feeling fulfilled in our career and relationships to finding joy and improving physical activity.
Health Coach Day focused on three pillars: community, education, and service. The events echoed these themes to create a day full of inspiration, learning, and motivation to continue working to improve health and happiness around the world.
Here’s what Health Coach Day 2021 looked like:
Health Coach Day – Community
IIN Health Coach Calie Calabrese led everyone through a stretch, encouraging attendees to take a few moments to stretch every day to release stagnation and feelings of stress and support physical and emotional well-being. She then shared about her IIN experience, her wellness journey, and how she supports clients in her work.
Breethe cofounder and meditation teacher Lynne Goldberg led a community-wide meditation and spoke about the importance of creating a daily meditation practice to really nourish ourselves and calm the “fight or flight” stress response.
IIN Health Coach Brittany Mullins closed out the community portion of the day with a live healthy cooking demo. While walking everyone through her preparation of guacamole (with a secret ingredient!), she shared about her wellness experience and how she created her online business.
Health Coach Day – Education
Darrell Rogers, IIN’s director of advocacy, hosted a lunch and learn about the future of health coaching. He shared about the work he does in Washington, D.C., on behalf of IIN advocating for the Health Coach profession and the advances in the industry that are helping promote the value and recognition of Health Coaches.
IIN also hosted a career development panel (replay here) that featured five graduates who have used their IIN education to pursue their passions and create fulfilling careers:
Jackie Damboragian – Based in the United States, Jackie is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who works at Parsley Health, an integrative primary care practice, as the director of their coaching services team.
Kristel de Groot – Based in the United States, Kristel is an IIN graduate who cofounded Your Super, a next-gen industry leader in plant-based living, transparent supply chain, and 1:1 giving.
Berenice Corral – Based in Mexico, Berenice is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and former sales and marketing VP for the Mexican Derivatives Exchange. She founded BCP: Bienestar y Conciencia en el Presente (Be Conscious and Present) and the holistic coaching program Be Brave.
Dominique Barkhausen – Based in the Dominican Republic, Dominique is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the founder of lifestyle brand Vita Healthy and Fit. She also owns juice shops, has written two books, and hosts a podcast.
Joy Randolph – Based in the United Kingdom, Joy is an IIN graduate and Holistic Career Coach helping others find work they love and lead healthy, holistic lives.
Health Coach Day – Service
Congressman Tim Ryan led the closing event of the day (replay here), where he shared how policy makers view wellness, mindfulness, and health coaching as a key to improving our health and happiness while reducing the current staggering costs of healthcare.
Keep the spirit of Health Coach Day going
Here are some highlights of the IIN community sharing their love of health coaching and IIN:
Sign the U.S. petition to support Health Coaches – This change.org petition advocates for Congress to formally acknowledge the role Health Coaches play in the greater healthcare system to improve health outcomes, and fix the unsustainable healthcare model by bringing in more Health Coaches.
Sign the international petition to support Health Coaches – This change.org petition advocates for the World Health Organization to formally acknowledge the role Health Coaches play in reversing the global health crisis.