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by Karen Lawson, MD Director of Health Coaching at University of MN

 

Health coaches are new professionals who work with individuals to help discover their inner resources..  Read more>>  

 

  

by Karen Lawson, MD
Director of Health Coaching at University of MN

 

As individuals seeking to improve our health, we regularly visit physicians, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, nutritionists…well, you get the idea—we seek out the experts.  But while all of the information and advice we get from others is valuable, it doesn’t in itself change our lives.  An estimated 90% of health outcomes are determined by factors over which healthcare providers have little or no control, such as lifestyle choices, social conditions, and the physical environment.  So, getting told what to do isn’t enough, we have to have support in figuring out how to do it, and then in actually making the changes. 

As health care providers, we often get frustrated and burned-out, when we are unsuccessful in getting our clients to do the things we recommend to them. 

Health coaches are new professionals who work with individuals to help discover their inner resources, making desirable changes in behaviors, and reconsidering limiting beliefs about wellness–achieving the kind of life and health they desire.  They ease the work of other providers by helping patients/clients successfully implement the changes recommended by expert health professionals. 

If you want to achieve sustainable movement toward more health and well-being, find a skilled integrative health coach to be a new partner in your personal healthcare plan.  If you want to become a professional that can work with clients in this new way, consider health coach training as your next educational path.  

For further info on the Health Coaching training program at University of Minnesota, see http://www.csh.umn.edu/Education_Programs/home.html