What Does a Health Coach Do?
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
- Albert Einstein
Health Coaches are not trained medical professionals (although they do work with health professionals). Rather, they are ‘Change Agents’, in that they are trained to coach individuals to develop good health intervention habits.
The role of any coach is to draw many seemingly disparate elements together. Coaching is about supporting, listening, and empowering. They also clarify, give you perspective, provide accountability, and encouragement. It is a fact that people who employ a health coach to improve or maintain their health are more successful than those who do not.
The Need for a Lifestyle Medicine Approach
Correct the cause and you will remedy the effect.
- Samael Aun Weor
According to the World Health Organisation, 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancer could be prevented, primarily with improvements to diet and lifestyle.
Most medical students and doctors do not receive adequate training in even the basics of Lifestyle Medicine — nutrition and physical activity — yet we know that 85 percent of chronic disease today is caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices in these and other areas.
A Lifestyle Medicine approach works because it addresses the underlying causes of disease rather than its symptoms.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy. Not on fighting the old, but on building the new.