Did you know that 6 in 10 Americans have a chronic disease?

And that 85% of chronic diseases have nothing to do with genetics, and everything to do with lifestyle?

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You could help solve these problems by becoming a health and wellness coach.

Health and wellness coaches support their clients as they learn how to change their habits and behaviors to live a healthy life!

What a health and wellness coach is...

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Health and wellness coaches are behavior change specialists, helping people seeking healthy lifestyle changes.

What a health and wellness coach does...

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Coaching isn’t about having all the answers or knowing it all. It’s about helping your clients feel empowered on their health journey.

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They do:

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They don't:

  • Serve as an active listener to help clients discover their own solutions.

  • Ask questions of their clients to help initiate deep thought and clarity.

  • Empower their clients to become personally accountable for their own health.

  • Tell their clients how to change their lives.

  • Make health assumptions without understanding their clients' goals.

  • Force clients to adopt behavioral changes without their input.

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A health and wellness coach should determine their client's challenges and goals.

Where they work...

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One of the many unique benefits of this profession is the flexibility to work in different settings. They can work as employees, freelancers, and business owners in places such as:

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Hospitals, health clinics, and healthcare facilities

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Exercise, fitness, and sports establishments

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Corporate offices

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From home

What a typical day looks like...

Ask a health and wellness coach what a typical day looks like and the most common answer is no day is the same. In practice, health and wellness coaches do the following:

  • Meeting with clients (in person, virtually, or over the phone) to discuss goals, progress, and challenges.

  • Helping clients understand their “why,” or their motivation for change.

  • Empowering clients to see themselves as the experts in their own lives.

  • Providing support and accountability for goal-setting.

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Quiz

Which of the following is NOT performed by a health and wellness coach?

What skills a health and wellness coach needs...

These soft skills are helpful to have:

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  • Active listening skills to help understand clients' challenges and build long-term relationships.

  • Knowing how to ask questions to find out what is important for your clients, their challenges, and their goals.

  • Motivational skills to help clients reach their full potential.

What you can earn as a health and wellness coach...

Now more than ever, companies and organizations are hiring health coaches and investing in corporate wellness as a way to decrease healthcare costs and improve workplace wellness.

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Here’s a snapshot of the average yearly pay that health and wellness coaches get in select countries:

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Flaticon Icon In Canada, they earn $69,989 per year

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Flaticon Icon In Singapore, they earn $31,588 per year

Flaticon Icon In the UK, they earn £31,193 per year

Flaticon Icon In the USA, they earn $61,655 per year

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Manny Paysan

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