Posts Tagged ‘health coach’

Health Coaching at a New Level

Do you consider yourself a health coach?

A google search for Health Coach has about 41 million hits!

Health coaching is a growing field and is highly diverse in coaching styles and specialties.

Included in some of these search results are for people in network marketing companies that market health related products.   Since there is no regulated health coach certification, virtually anyone can claim to be a health coach.

Do you want to separate yourself from the pack?

Do you want to take your health coaching services to the next level?

If so, then check out some more posts on this blog and contact me at


Job Requirements for a Health Coach

Below is what I found when I did a search on job requirements for a Health Coach.

This shows a “real life” discription of what a Health Coach does.

“The Health Coach is responsible for delivering prevention/lifestyle intervention services to reduce risks for chronic disease using behavior change theories and motivational interviewing techniques via telephonic counseling to high risk clientele. Focus areas include: nutrition, physical activity, weight management, stress, diabetes, and tobacco cessation.”

What Makes a Good Health Coach? (Part 5)

In addition, the coach still must be somewhat of a mentor, guidance counselor and cheerleader all wrapped up in one! The health coach should allow the client some flexibility in the agenda of each session, but the coach should also guide the session conversation so that it is an effective one. The client sets his/her own goals, again with the guidance from the coach. The coach may challenge the client a bit if the goals are too vague or too big. In the latter case, the coach may suggest smaller “bite size” goals so that the client has a better chance of reaching those goals. Of course, all successes are celebrated.


In summary, there are many qualities that a health coach should have and there are also many roles that he/she has. Each coaching relationship will be different and the wellness coach will need to be a bit flexible. A coaching relationship can in some cases grow into a life-long friendship as well.

What Makes a Good Health Coach? (Part 4)

Another fundamental quality of a health coach is the integrity to keep all information about the client confidential. The coach/client relationship is based on trust and the client must be sure that the coach can be trusted with private matters.

What Makes a Good Health Coach? (Part 2)

Another quality that is related to empathetic communication is to really listen, actually to listen effectively. A healthcoach needs to be trained to listen effectively since people vary in their communication skills. Some clients may express themselves clearly while others may not. A coach needs to be aware of the different needs of his/her client base and how the coach/client communication and listening skills affect the interaction.


What Makes a Good Health Coach? (Part 1)

There are of course many qualities that make a person a good health coach. While it certainly makes sense for someone already in the health and wellness industry, it is not necessarily a requirement to become a health coach.


This is the first of several posts which discusses some of the basic qualities of what makes a person a good health or wellness coach, regardless of his/her background.


One such quality is the ability to empathetically communicate with people. Empathetic communication will encourage the client to accept you as a trusted health coach. What this means is that the health coach can identify with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of his client. Using empathy may lead to an improved relationship between the health coach and client.

Testimonial from a Health Coach who completed our training!

“The HealthCoach Training Program was very empowering, freeing and life changing for me. Even my voice highly improved this year. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You for everything!”

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