Global rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases are on the rise. Over 65% of Americans are overweight, and by 2020 it is estimated that half of all Americans will suffer from a preventable, chronic disease. The United States alone spends over $2.5 trillion every year on healthcare, with a large portion of that money coming from employers’ pockets for employee health insurance, medical leave, and sick days.
How will hiring a Health Coach benefit your organization?
Chronic stress, poor dietary habits, and lack of exercise all significantly contribute to employee performance. Luckily, many of these costly, chronic ailments can be avoided with simple, preventative care for employees.
Hiring a Health Coach for your company is a cost-effective solution to improve employee health and morale while decreasing your organization’s health-related costs. By working with a Health Coach, employees will learn how to make better food and lifestyle choices, improving their physical and mental well-being. In return, your organization will see an increase in employee engagement and productivity, and a decrease in employee stress and absenteeism.
What is a Health Coach?
A Health Coach is a professional guide and mentor who empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health and supports them in making sustainable lifestyle choices. Health Coaches do not prescribe one diet or one way of living. Rather, they help people develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for their bodies. Some common areas where a Health Coach can assist include weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy, digestion, stress, and time management.
What types of clients do I work with?
I work with a diverse range of clients including men, women, young professionals, corporate executives, retirees, athletes, and inactive or over-weight individuals. My philosophy is that there is no one way of eating or living that works for everyone, and consequently, I have had success working with people from all walks of life.
What are my professional credentials?
I am an experienced wellness professional trained in diet, lifestyle and wellness coaching. I graduated as a Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.
What is my motivator to live healthy and to share my message about healthy living with others?
Health and wellness has been my passion since I can remember. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 5 years old; this is a disease not usually prevalent until people are in their 30’s. With this diagnose came some diet restrictions. I was also told by my doctors I’d have to take medicine every day for the rest of my life (at that time, this may have been true…). In my teens, I started experimenting with my diet and my digestion tract loved it. I finally realized that I could change the path I was on by implementing small changes and by age 18, I was officially off the medicine I had taken every day since I was 5 years old.
For me, changing my diet had an immense effect on my everyday life. The doctors, not to fault them as their training was not in nutrition or preventative health measures, never mentioned the benefits of eating clean and other healthy habits. My new lifestyle including nutrition, activity levels, and greatly how I handle stress has me on a healthy path for life. It is my goal and passion to educate and teach as many people as possible about incorporating healthy habits for life that will allow them to live longer and healthier lives.
My own healthy living journey inspired me to begin helping others.
How soon will we see results?
Naturally, this will vary from person to person based on their current level of health and their willingness to participate. Nevertheless, even if the motivation isn’t there right away, that’s okay. I am skilled in inspiring clients to take action. My workshops, presentations, coaching sessions, and materials are interesting and engaging. By starting with small, achievable goals, employees will start seeing results rather quickly and will be motivated to move on to larger goals.
How much time will employees need to dedicate to this program?
That depends on your organization and the level of coaching you wish your employees to receive. My corporate wellness programs vary from the very basic – working during lunch breaks or scheduled times each month – to the most comprehensive where employees have access to support and information each week. Obviously, the more comprehensive the program is, the more time is required on a day to day basis. I will work with your organization to create the best corporate wellness format for your budget and your staff’s needs.
Are there different levels of health coaching to choose from?
Yes, there are different levels, ranging from monthly workshops to individual coaching. Which level you choose is entirely up to you, and I can help you assess which plan is the best fit for your company’s needs.
What if there are no serious health issues within the company? Will we still benefit from the program?
Yes! In fact, Health Coaches often work with clients who are generally healthy. Even these employees can benefit from health coaching as they may not be practicing nutrition and lifestyle habits that will ensure long-term health and vitality. Each participating employee will begin the program by filling out a Health History form so I can pinpoint any areas, obvious or not, where better health and lifestyle choices can be made.
Is the information discussed in one-on-one health coaching sessions kept confidential?
Absolutely. All of the information shared in individual sessions will remain completely confidential between the employee and me, the Health Coach.
How do we get started?
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my services and look forward to setting you up with the perfect corporate wellness program right away!