What is Health Coaching?

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If you were asked to conjure up an image of health, what would it look like? Would it be of a person with a slim figure? Someone working out at the gym? Eating a salad? Spending time with friends? Meditating?

A simple Google search found this definition of health:

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The thing is, there is no one correct definition of health. It doesn’t matter what your coworker, your mother, a celebrity, or anyone else thinks. What matters is how YOU define health. Why? because in the end, you know what’s best for yourself.

So, if we know what’s best for ourselves, why aren’t we all exercising everyday and eating multiple servings of vegetables at each meal?

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Well…. I’m glad you asked!

There is a BIG difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.

That’s where health coaching comes in.

Health coaching allows you to tap into your strengths in order to help you meet your goals, whatever they may be.

Notice the underlined word in the previous sentence?

That means that the health coach doesn’t create goals or a plan. Instead, the coach helps you figure out what you want for your life. Makes sense, right?

In addition, working with a health coach provides accountability and support – two things that are difficult to cultivate on your own.  Think of it like a workout buddy or a book club!

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How does health coaching work?

Before the initial session at Life Support you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire. This helps me to learn a little bit more about you in a more efficient manner. During the first session that information is used, as well as information discussed in the session, to complete a wellness assessment.  The wellness assessment is essentially a summary of your goals, strengths, barriers, health information, and anything else that is important for your journey to better health.

From there we will narrow down your goals together to identify what is most important. You will then be a partner in creating your wellness plan.

This is the point where health coaching becomes even more individualized.   Some people may get their assessment and plan and use that information to make changes. Others, though, may want more help in implementing and maintaining their goals.

So…health coaching could simply be one session or it could be ongoing, depending on your needs.   Also, sessions may be done in the grocery store, on a nature walk, in the Life Support office, or at another location depending on your needs.

Why are some reasons people choose health coaching?

  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Dietary changes (big or small)
  • Wanting to get off prescription medications (done in conjunction with your doctor)
  • Grocery store “lessons”
  • Pantry clean out
  • Increasing exercise
  • Reducing stress
  • Spending more time with your family
  • Making more time for yourself
  • Improving sleep
  • Detoxifying the home
  • Improving relationships
  • Increasing work/life balance
  • …the list goes on!

Who could benefit from health coaching?              

Trick question – ANYONE!

“Ok, but what if I’m really unhealthy?”

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No problem!

Again, health coaching is personalized to you and your needs and is done in a non-judgmental setting. That means you won’t be shamed or made to feel guilty for continuing to eat ice cream every night or going to happy hour everyday after work. You won’t be forced into implementing diet or lifestyle changes that you don’t want to do. Small changes are celebrated just as much as big changes!

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“Ok, I think I’ve got it – now what?”

If you think that you’d like to try out health coaching either before, during, or after the holidays, Life Support is offering a promotion that allows you to get a free wellness assessment when you sign up in the month of December ($80 value!)  In addition, subsequent sessions will be offered at 10% off.

*Please note that if you choose to participate in the wellness assessment you are at no obligation to purchase subsequent sessions.

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