Health and wellness coaching is emerging as one of the hottest career opportunities in the field of health care and beyond. In fact, health coaches and wellness coaches – whether they work in a clinical or non-clinical setting – will play a key role in shifting the national health-care conversation from the current disease-management model to a proactive, partnership-based, wellness-focused conversation that empowers individuals to make sustainable, health-positive choices for themselves and their families.
Learn more about health and wellness coaching in recent news coverage of this exciting and emerging field:
- O, The Oprah Magazine, “Do You Need a Health Coach? Pointers from the Pros: A new breed of coach can help put you at the top of your health game,” February 18, 2011, by Meryl Davids Landau. Discusses the “increasingly popular new resource” – health coaches. Includes some tips from practicing coaches.
- Corporate Wellness Magazine, "One Size Wellness," February 2, 2011, by Joanne Frederick, gives tips on finding and starting the best wellness program for keeping your staff healthy, happy, and active.
- Modern Medicine.com, “Health Coaching: Good for your patients and your practice,” November 19, 2010, by Patrick T. Buckley, MPA, IHC. Written for physicians, this article describes consumer preferences for “caregivers to be genuine partners in their quest for better health” and the benefits of health coaching in the doctor’s office.
- The Washington Post, "Health Care Offers Health Prospects for Second Careers," May 16, 2010, by Vickie Elmer, says the field of health care offers great prospects for second careers and among the most "vibrant" areas is wellness coaching.
- U.S. News & World Report (“Ahead-of-the-Curve Careers,” Dec. 4, 2008) identifies Wellness Coaching as cutting-edge career that is “viable now and poised for future growth.”
- ABC News “Do You Need a Health Coach?” January 6, 2010. ABC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Tim Johnson reports on health coaching - what it is and how health coaches help people live healthier lives. “Dr. Tim” interviews the Founder and Director of Harvard’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine.
- CNBC’s Bertha Coomb’s reports on how businesses are incorporating health coaches in their employee wellness programs (July 23, 2007)
- Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing newsletter (October 2009) features an article on health coaching: “When athletes want a competitive edge, they hire a private coach to monitor their progress. When it comes to your health, using this mindset could also be beneficial. Health coaches are increasingly being hired by corporations to help employees stay healthy and by individuals seeking to improve well-being. For some, these coaches offer assistance in managing dietary constraints (due to conditions such as celiac disease or diabetes), and for others, they might focus on teaching stress-reduction methods. In some ways, the health coach picks up where your physician left off, helping you implement wellness strategies suggested after a check-up or diagnosis."
- CBS News report: “Health Reform and Integrative Care: Dr. John LaPook Looks at Preventative Medicine’s Place in Health Care Reform,” Nov. 5, 2009.
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"…Congress will miss the boat if it ends up perpetuating a system that reacts to illness rather than preventing it. Chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes wreck our quality of life and cost a fortune. …In recent years, a new and intriguing concept has emerged in the prevention and treatment of chronic illness: the health coach."
- The New York Times article (“Winning the Nutrition Game, With Help From a Coach,” April 22, 2007)
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