You know the chronic disease epidemic is reaching staggering heights, but did you know that the majority of those illnesses—over 85 percent, in fact—are driven by our behavior and environment, not our genes? That means we all have the power to prevent or reverse chronic illness just by adopting healthier habits.
As simple as that sounds, change is anything but easy. It takes drive, motivation, and strategy to change our habits—especially if we’ve been doing things a certain way for a long, long time. Most of all, it takes support—and that’s where health coaches excel.
Health coaches are change agents. They understand how habits form, they know how to reverse them, and they specialize in helping people overcome obstacles in pursuit of their goals. As part of a collaborative care team that includes Functional Medicine practitioners, nutritionists, and other allied health providers, health coaches support their clients as they make positive changes.
Learn more about health coaching and how it can stem the rising tide of chronic disease.
How Health Coaching Can Reverse Chronic Illness
We all know we should be making healthy choices like exercising, getting plenty of rest, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking moderately—or not at all. Despite that, only 6 percent of Americans adhere to those five healthy behaviors.
The problem isn’t a lack of information; it’s that most people lack the strategy and support necessary to change a habit, even if they know they need to do it for their health.
Health coaches are highly trained professionals who draw on their skills to support their clients as they work through those changes.
- They use their knowledge of nutrition and Functional Health to help clients implement treatment plans.
- They utilize positive psychology and the stages of behavior change to replace old habits.
- Most importantly, they build relationships with their clients based on trust, communication, and unwavering support.
Want to find out more about what health coaches do—and the methods they use to do it? Check out the resources below.
How Health Coaches Support Clients through Change
Coach Yourself: Strategies for Diet and Lifestyle Changes
Health Coaching in Action: Preventing and Reversing Chronic Disease
You’re a change advocate, a health innovator, a lifelong learner. And you’re ready.
The world needs health coaches now more than ever. If you want to expand your knowledge and change your life, consider a career as a health coach.
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