What Is Health Coaching?
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.
Your Guide to Building a Career in Health Coaching
If you’re committed to reinventing healthcare, a career as a health coach could be the right step forward. Find out what job opportunities exist, and why there’s no better time than now to become a health coach.
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
What Is a Health Coach?
What Is Health Coaching? The 4 Pillars That Define It
Health Coach Job Description: What Do Health Coaches Do?
How Working with a Health Coach Can Help You Fight Chronic Disease
How the ADAPT Health Coaching Model Can Help Us Fight Chronic Disease
Functional Health: What Is It, and How Does it Apply to Health Coaching?
The Future of Health Coaching, with Leigh-Ann Webster
A Three-Step Plan to Fix Conventional Healthcare
Health Coaching vs. Counseling: What’s the Difference?
How These 3 Health Coaches Describe Their Jobs: Health Coaching in Action
Health Coach Salary: What You Need to Know
16 Health Coach Blogs to Follow
What Health Coaches Do
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
Behavior Change Agents: How Health Coaches Help Clients Change
The Power of Listening: Health Coaching in Action
Effective Communication: Health Coaching in Action
What Are Powerful Questions? Health Coaching in Action
Health Coaching and Client Transformations: Health Coaching in Action
RHR: What Makes an Effective Health Coach, with Dr. John Berardi
Positive Psychology: How to Use It in Health Coaching
Harnessing the Power of Positive Psychology in Health Coaching – with Robert Biswas-Diener
The Power of Motivational Interviewing, with Ken Kraybill
RHR: Why You Should Practice Nonviolent Communication, with Oren Sofer
Building a Career in Functional Medicine & Ancestral Health
Nutrition and Health Coaches: How Thriving Is like Driving
Sleep and Health: How Support from a Health Coach Can Help You Get the Rest You Need
Health Coaching and Stress Management: A Framework for Understanding and Managing Your Stress
The Health Benefits of Movement (and How to Get Out of Your Own Way with the Help of a Health Coach)
How Health Coaches Help You Reinvent Yourself
Coach Yourself: Strategies for Diet and Lifestyle Changes
How to Make Lifestyle Changes and Build New Habits
Changing Habits? You Need to Shrink the Change
Why It Makes Sense to Set SMART Goals for Health
How to Use Positive Psychology to Improve Your Health
Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important?
Meal Prep: Your Best Tool for Healthy Eating
Paleo for Weight Loss: How an Ancestral Diet Can Help
RHR: The Best Ways to Support Diet Change—with Melissa Hartwig
How Distraction Is Rewiring Our Brains—and How Mindfulness Can Help
My Top 5 Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief
7 Ways to Reduce Anxiety with Lifestyle Changes
Health Coach Stories
Are you considering a new career path? One that lets you tap into your natural communication and listening skills, draws on your passion for wellness, and gives you the chance to make a real, lasting impact on other peoples’ lives? You might have exactly what it takes to become a health coach. The ADAPT Health Coach Training Program is a year-long, virtual course that offers instruction in everything you need to establish and grow your coaching career.
Our course gives you the skills you need to help others and change your own life in the process. Find out what our students had to say about their experience in the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program.
Stories from Our Health Coaches
Listen to What Our Students Have to Say
How to Become a Health Coach
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.
Here’s how you can change the world.