How well do you really understand what your body needs?
Do you know how to reduce the risk of conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, etc.?
Doctors might give you instructions to eat less and take your medicine, but they don’t help the patient execute it.
A health coach, however, can help motivate you to reform your diet and slowly make changes so you will be able to lead a healthier lifestyle.
People who have benefited from a health coach have expressed how their coach helped stop cravings and offered cooking tips to help them become healthier.
While a doctor will diagnose, prescribe medicine and treat, health coaches take time to completely understand a patient and create a plan that will set them up for success.
According to Dr. Russell S. Phillips, director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, told me, “Health coaching should be an integral part of primary care. It helps patients better manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension and improves outcomes.”
Alison Tibbals, a 76-year-old in Seattle who struggles with high blood pressure says that her health coach is deeply committed to her well-being and that as she grows older, it’s comforting to know she’s heard and cared for.
As a health coach, their goal is to build a relationship with their patient, learn what might be holding them back and what they’re already doing well so that coaches can help their patients go forward from there.
A step to prevent, control or in some cases even reverse diabetes.
Understanding and applying Nutrition Series. Edited by Candok Editorial Board, Candok Lifestyle. Live Life, Naturally!
Source: The New York Times-We Could All Use a Health Coach