Last Updated: February 21, 2020

Did you read the article about the CEO of the American Diabetes Association eating low carb? Or how about the skeptics voicing their opinions on keto? We’re barely two months into the new year, but there are so many health coaching headlines making news. We’ve rounded up the top stories we can’t stop talking about and put them all here in today’s post, including:

What’s Trending in Health and Fitness

As we rounded the corner into January, millions of people made their New Year’s Resolutions. And while everyone has a different idea of what the “best version of me” looks like, a recent Forbes article gave us the rundown on what’s trending for the year ahead, including meditation, red light therapy, and CBD products. U.S. News & World Report came out with their own list, highlighting the top fitness trends of 2020. Expect to see things like functional fitness training, HIIT, and outdoor activities.

American Diabetes Association CEO Goes Low Carb

Tracy Brown, who’s been leading the charge at the ADA since 2018, is the first CEO in the organization’s 80-year-history to have type 2 diabetes. Her recent actions are getting lots of attention from the Western medicine and LCHF communities, too. By following a low-carb diet and mindfully avoiding sugar and carbs, Brown has come off all her insulin and three other medications, officially stating, “we have an opportunity to step up in a different way than we have before.”

SMS-Based Coaching for Low-Income Americans

After noticing that low-income families were falling through the cracks of the U.S. healthcare system, Stanford Business School grad Karin Underwood created CoachMe, an SMS-based coaching platform that connects the more than 5 million Medicaid recipients struggling with chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure to professional health coaches.

Health Coaching Improves Mental Wellness

As health coaches, we do more than help clients improve their physical health, we transform their mental wellness, too. If you’re not familiar with the term mental wellness, the World Health Organization describes it as a state of well-being where an individual realizes their ability to inspire their own change. A client might initially come to us for a specific health concern, but our deep understanding of behavior change allows us to provide the tools to help them build self-efficacy, confidence, and self-reliance.

CVS Pharmacies Turn to Prevention

The number of Americans suffering from chronic disease continues to grow, however, CVS is making it easier for customers to manage and even reverse their conditions. Thirteen Philadelphia-area pharmacies now include wellness rooms for group events like nutrition coaching and health screenings, education and counseling for patients with chronic conditions, annual diabetic exams, and sleep studies. CVS has no signs of slowing down either, with plans to expand to the Atlanta and Tampa markets in the near future.

The Benefits of Corporate Wellness

USC and PricewaterhouseCoopers recently conducted one of the largest studies on corporate wellness programs. They found that by engaging in programs at work, employees improved their own health and well-being—and impacted the health of their teams and their client relationships. According to this article, however, there’s a right way to do corporate wellness and a wrong way. Ron Loeppke, vice chairman of U.S. Preventative Medicine, states, “You have to have management abide by a culture of health. If management isn’t committed to it, it’s not going to work. They have to walk the walk.”

Big Names Have Our Back

You’ve got to love statements like “the secret to sticking with your resolutions may be having a coach.” Especially when it comes from a physician-authored New York Times article. Doctors may understand the body and how to treat diseases, but they have less time and less knowledge about how to motivate a patient to change their old habits and stick with newer, healthier ones. The folks at CNET are also singing the praises of health coaching, stating that “getting human help” and working one-on-one with a wellness coach can help you stay on track with your health goals.

Then There Are the Critics

We could have 100 articles (with anecdotal and science-based proofs to back them up) about how eating less sugar and refined carbs can help diabetics—and there will still be skeptics. As the Department of Veterans Affairs and Silicon Valley startup, Virta Health, have partnered to help VA patients reverse their type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery, some diabetes experts are skeptical of the approach, saying that this partnership is giving LCHF diets too much credence. That said, Virta announced that in their initial 90 days, veterans had lost weight, reduced blood sugar, and lowered their reliance on diabetes meds.

Stay Tuned for More

It’s already turning out to be a huge year for the health coaching industry, so stay tuned for more must-read stories in the coming months. And check out our previous posts to see what other health coaching headlines are making news!

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