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 economic stress and uncertainty as well as find new ways of finding balance as we emerge from the grip of the pandemic. The past few years taught us how important it is to take care of our health from all angles, from feeling fulfilled in our careers 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 2022 Looked Like
Health Coach Day – Community
María José Flaqué, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who’s taken her coaching globally, led a meditation to ground everyone in the day and promote focus and presence.
Catalina Aristizabal, yoga expert, cofounder of Terra Mistica, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, led a mindful yoga flow from Colombia. The practice of yoga may be done alone or in a class with a group of people, but it has the power to connect you to yourself and your surroundings for more alignment and balance.
Health Coach Day – Education
Lauren Berlingeri, founder of HigherDOSE and IIN graduate, led a session on biohacking basics to boost your mood. She outlined the following 10 tips:
- Hot and cold therapy – Options include utilizing a sauna and taking a cold plunge. Infrared saunas and cold showers are also great options.
- Grounding – Take walks outside barefoot, especially after having a stressful day or working online.
- Regular bodywork – This could involve massage, acupuncture, or physical therapy.
- Movement and exercise – Choose any type of movement that works for your body and makes you feel great! Try yoga, cycling, swimming, biking, or simply walking.
- Sun gazing – This refers to the practice of looking at the sun for 30 minutes during sunrise and 30 minutes before sunset.
- No blue light after 6pm – Blue light can disrupt your circadian rhythm (namely, your sleep/wake cycle) and consequently impact your mood.
- Deep connection with loved ones – Spending more time with those who matter most to you is a guaranteed way to boost your mood.
- Eating intentionally and with bio-individual health in mind – Learn what foods work best for you, which will improve your nutrition and, in turn, positively impact your well-being.
- Deep, restful sleep – Getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night will help to balance your mood.
- Lymphatic drainage – Your lymphatic system helps filter and drain fluid from the body, and practices such as dry brushing, drinking plenty of water, moving your body, and receiving lymphatic drainage treatments like massage can help keep your body in balance.
Elise Museles, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Environmental Working Group (EWG) Board Member, joined us to share actionable tips and practices for living sustainably, including:
“Action inspires action. You don’t have to be perfect.” ‒ Elise Museles
Sisters, entrepreneurs, and IIN alums Bobbi Brown and Linda Arrandt joined us to discuss all things integrative nutrition and beauty, including:
Danielle DuBoise, cofounder and co-CEO of Sakara Life and IIN graduate, led a Lunch & Learn session on the pillars of nutrition and what inspired her to enroll in IIN’s Health Coach Training Program. Originally pursuing a career in medicine, Danielle realized she wanted to pivot her focus on preventive health ‒ and that kick-started her wellness journey.
Some of Danielle’s pillars of nutrition include:
- Eat leafy greens.
- Be mindful of consuming certain processed oils.
- Focus on quality, anti-inflammatory food.
- Shift your food mindset to eating what makes you feel good.
- Find a quality probiotic, especially for when you’re traveling.
Health Coach Day – Service
Sign the United States petition to support Health Coaches – This Change.org petition advocates for the U.S. Congress to formally acknowledge the role Health Coaches play in the greater healthcare system to improve health outcomes as well as 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.
Keep the Spirit of Health Coach Day Going
Health coaching isn’t just a profession; it’s a way of life. IIN is inspired daily by the incredible community of Health Coaches who are spreading the ripple effect of health and happiness through their work around the world. Learn more about the IIN global community and get IINspired to make a difference.