Health, wellness, and fitness coaching is a growing profession not only in the healthcare industry. It is expanding in the corporate sector as well. This is because experts believe that personal, one-to-one health coaching is an important part of a successful, results-oriented employee wellness program. Why? Because these health coaches help people avoid or cope with preventable health risks that cost the U.S. healthcare system hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
Research shows that employees who are obese, chronically stressed, or who smoke are more likely to suffer from health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Obviously, this has a negative impact on their wellbeing and productivity. It also adds to their employers’ healthcare costs. Hence, employers hire health and wellness coaches to improve health outcomes and reduce health costs for individuals, employers, and the nation.
Coaches are typically registered or occupational nurses. However, they can also be other healthcare professionals such as dieticians, exercise physiologists, health education specialists, and mental health professionals.
Nurses are in a unique position to become part of this growing practice. By combining the art and science of nursing, this new career path offers nurses the opportunity to draw upon their knowledge and skills. That way, they effectively assist consumers in meeting and achieving the goal of living a healthy lifestyle.
Health coaching programs are designed to guide and motivate people to make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, curbing tobacco use, managing stress, and increasing physical activity. These can improve your mood and prevent chronic conditions. By addressing the range of physical, emotional, and environmental factors that influence people’s behavior, health coaching is tailored to an individual’s specific needs and challenges. It can result in measurable, goal-oriented outcomes.
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