What is health coaching?
Health Coach…sounds a little vague, right? That’s what I thought too…a few years ago I wasn’t sure what health coaches actually did and why they were needed. That is, until I was a couple semesters into grad school working on a master’s in Health and Wellness Management…I was knee-deep in journal articles about chronic diseases and all the scary statistics: 6 in 10 adults in the U.S have at least 1 chronic disease, chronic disease is the leading cause of death, 86% of our nation’s health care spending is on chronic disease. Shoot!
But get this, the top risk factors for getting a chronic disease are: poor diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol. Notice something about that? Those are lifestyle factors…they’re changeable. Woot! On top of that, a major reason why people eat unhealthy, skip the gym, and drink too much is because of stress….which is another thing we have personal control of (to a large degree). But health care in this country is primarily focused on illness rather than preventive wellness.
This big huge gap is where health coaching plays a key role. Health coaches can provide what most doctors don’t….one-on-one guidance on building healthy habits that last.
Health coaches provide education, support, and motivation customized to each individual client in order to reduce health risks and create a thriving lifestyle. I listen, I care about your needs, and I help remove obstacles in your way to optimal well-being. I am a passionate health and wellness expert with oodles of tools and strategies and my primary goal is to see you succeed!
Side note, here’s what health coaching is not:
Health coaching does not diagnose, treat, prescribe, or even advise. And it is definitely not a substitute for professional medical care.
Please read this important notice!
My core beliefs:
Self-care is essential to health care. Taking time in your busy day to care for your health and well-being lets you give the best of yourself to those around you! And, taking time now to do all the healthy things will keep you active and full of energy for years to come.
Health is more than what you eat and how you move. To live a truly healthy life, all areas need love and attention: physical, relational, intellectual, and emotional well-being.
Small steps + consistent action = big results! Progress of any amount adds up if you just keep going. Do the work and before you know it you’ll create healthy, life-long habits. As a long-distance trail runner this core belief is my life’s mantra…just take one step, and then another, and keep going. You’ll be surprised how far you can get!
YOU are capable of amazing things! I believe each of us is capable of so much more than we believe. Ask me 10 years ago if I’d be living the amazing life I’m living now and I’d say you’re crazy!
I like to keep things as easy as possible and I’m sure you do too. That’s why I don’t have multi-session packs that force you into deciding how many sessions you think you’ll need before we even get started. Also, you may just want a single session to check in, ask questions, and get back on track….which can be totally effective. We can meet for one session or stick together and build a partnership…I’m here for whatever support you need!
$95 per 1-hour session
Book a 30-minute Discovery Session phone call (it’s free!)
Here’s what you’ll get out of a Discovery Session:
• Introductions and getting to know each other
• Find out what health coaching is and how it works
• Chat about your wellness goals
• Share concerns and ask coaching-related questions
• Decide if coaching is right for you