Last Updated: November 07, 2018

It’s no surprise that we’re starting to see a shift from disease treatment to disease prevention. These days more and more people are interested in preventative care and wellness—and health coaching is playing a huge role in that movement. From corporate giants integrating health coaching as an employee perk to new studies backing us up on the benefits of eating organic, this is an amazing time to be a health coach. And personally, I’m super proud to be a part of it.

In today’s post (and every few months) we’ll be rounding up and sharing the latest health coaching news with you. If you didn’t catch our last one, give it a read here.

Clinicians Are Following Our Lead

According to this article, health care providers and clinicians are adding ‘health coaching’ to their list of responsibilities, getting patients to adopt healthy habits like eating better, having an exercise regimen, and quitting smoking. And while they might be seeing patients who are already diagnosed with diseases like diabetes or hypertension, they’re pushing for overall patient wellness instead of just pushing pills, which is definitely a step in the right direction. To quote the co-founder of the National Society of Health Coaches, Melinda Huffman, “You can’t separate wellness from the health or health conditions of a patient or an individual.”

Health Coach Takes on Celebrity Status

Maybe you love him, maybe you hate him, but regardless, actor Mel Gibson is getting ripped, and it’s all thanks to his personal health coach, Sam Jackson. The two began working together after a chance meeting at a local restaurant in Sydney, Australia where the A-lister opened up to Jackson about his struggles with losing weight. She challenged him to a diet and exercise program that focuses on portion control and blood sugar balance to avoid insulin spikes throughout the day. Eight weeks in, Gibson was down more than 30 pounds.

Weight Watchers Unveils its Own Transformation

Last month, Weight Watchers revealed a new name and new focus on wellness. Instead of just promoting weight loss, the company, whose tagline is now Wellness that Works, is empowering people to pursue overall health—from stress relief and exercise to creating healthy long-term habits. They’ve even partnered with Headspace to offer custom meditation and mindfulness content on the WW app, which is currently used by 4.6 million people, nearly a 30% jump from last year.

The Coconut Oil Controversy Lives On

If you’re as tired as I am of hearing about the drama surrounding coconut oil, then you might want to skip this one. Kidding aside, it’s probably a good idea to see what your clients are reading about this ongoing controversy. This article is about a video on a lecture called Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors that went viral recently. Not only did the lecturer, a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, say that coconut oil isn’t healthy, she adds that it’s “pure poison,” and “one of the worst foods you can eat” because of its saturated fatty acids which can “clog the coronary arteries.” The problem is, it’s simply not true. If you’re a Primal Health Coach, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, or whole-food-based health coach, you know that saturated fats don’t cause heart disease. But don’t take my word for it—read this article or this one to get the straight answer.

Health Coaching Perks at Work

Wellness initiatives in the corporate world are on the rise, which makes sense given that healthier employees are generally happier and more productive. You might be used to getting things like discounted gym memberships and free healthy snacks in the kitchen, but free health coaching is quickly becoming a sought-after perk. In fact, it’s #14 on this list of the most popular employee benefits, with an amazing 72% of employers offering health coaching services for their employees.

New Study Solidifies What We Know About Eating Organic

There’s a good chance you already know that eating organic foods can lower your risk of getting cancer, but thanks to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this month, the word is spreading. In this CNN article, it says that people “who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer” compared to those who rarely or never eat organic foods. The article also mentions that produce like avocados tend to have a lower amount of pesticides because of their thick skin.

The Next Generation of Health Coaches is Here

A student-run health coaching lab at the University of Iowa is helping patients at the school’s Weight Management Clinic make physical activity part of their daily routine. This Community Outreach Lab is part of a larger “Exercise Is Medicine” initiative, and aims to provide patients with the hands-on coaching, guidance, and support they need to lead a more active life and improve their overall health.

Behavior Change at the Heart of Improving Health

According to this article, health coaching is becoming a critical factor in our nation’s health. In the UK alone, 25% of adults are obese, and type 2 diabetes has risen by 65% in the past 10 years. And while a doctor might only have a few minutes to deliver a diagnosis, a health coach can work with clients to create new habits and help put them into practice on a regular basis. As Ruth Edwards, CEO of the UK Heath Coaches Association puts it, “Our expertise is all about effecting positive behavior change for individuals, and it is [that] change that lies at the heart of improving the nation’s health.”

News in Review…

It’s exciting to see the impact that health coaches are having on our world. And we need more people like you leading the charge. If you’re considering getting into a health coaching program like the Primal Health Coach Institute, now is the perfect time to do it. Stay tuned for more health coaching news in the coming months, and check out our recap of the of the articles we listed in today’s post:

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