Health Coaching | Chris Kresser

Health Coaching

Health coaches are change agents. Together with a collaborative care team that includes Functional Medicine practitioners, nutritionists, and other allied health providers, they support and empower their clients as they make positive diet and lifestyle changes. Health coaching has the power to turn the tide of the chronic disease epidemic—and change the world.

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.

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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
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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
Coach Yourself: Strategies for Diet and Lifestyle Changes
If you’re making lifestyle changes, like this person getting ready to run on a track, understanding how habits form can help.
How to Make Lifestyle Changes and Build New Habits
Many chronic diseases can be prevented, significantly improved, or even completely reversed simply by making diet and lifestyle changes. Find out how habits form—and how to make good ones stick.
If you’re changing habits, shrinking the change can help. Be sure to celebrate your successes, like these runners finishing a race.
Changing Habits? You Need to Shrink the Change
Are you changing your habits? Maybe your goal is to eat healthier and lose some pounds or get more sleep. Whatever your objective, you’re more likely to achieve your goal if it's small and attainable.
Taking a moment to complete a journaling exercise, like this woman is doing, is an easy way to use positive psychology to improve your mood.
How to Use Positive Psychology to Improve Your Health
Your emotions impact your health. The good news is that through positive psychology, you can retrain your brain to follow healthier, more beneficial emotional patterns and learn to let go of negative ways of thinking.
Meal prepping food—like this Greek chicken dish—ahead of time and storing it in reusable containers can help save you time, money, and stress.
Meal Prep: Your Best Tool for Healthy Eating
Check out this article to learn all about the art of meal prepping, and get valuable tips for making Paleo affordable and time-saving, even if you’re on a strict budget and tight schedule.
paleo for weight loss
Paleo for Weight Loss: How an Ancestral Diet Can Help
If your friends, family, or clients have struggled to lose weight, an ancestral, Paleo diet may be the answer. Find out what the research says about eating Paleo for weight loss.
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser
RHR: The Best Ways to Support Diet Change—with Melissa Hartwig
Changing from a “Standard American Diet” to a whole foods diet can produce dramatic results. Today I talk with Melissa Hartwig to discuss the best ways to help people make the leap to “real” food.
Mindfulness
How Distraction Is Rewiring Our Brains—and How Mindfulness Can Help
Modern lifestyles provide endless sources of distraction. Learn about how distraction literally rewires our brains and what you can do to protect yourself.
These people are lying down and conducting a body scan, which is an effective breathing exercise for stress relief.
My Top 5 Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief
Chronic stress can impact every part of your body. Simple breathing exercises for stress relief can help. Check out these five techniques to find relief.
This woman is jogging while using wearable technology for health tracking.
The Benefits of Using Wearable Technology for Health Tracking
Are you considering using wearable technology for health tracking? Be sure to choose a device that tracks sleep, stress, and more—and make sure you’re willing to wear it.
how to read a nutrition label
Why You Should Know How to Read a Nutrition Label
Refined grains, added sugars, seed oils, and soy often hide in our food under scientific names or within other ingredients. Find out how to read a nutrition label so you can spot them.
Health Coaching in Action: Preventing and Reversing Chronic Disease
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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
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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.

How to Become a Health Coach
Take the Next Step to Becoming a Health Coach
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