A Health Coach or Nutrition Coach, is typically a counsellor, consultant, mentor, and motivator all in one. The National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches defines Health Coaches as: “professionals from diverse backgrounds and education who work with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower the client to achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Successful coaching takes place when coaches apply clearly defined knowledge and skills, so the clients mobilize internal strengths and external resources for sustainable change”.
Health Coaches help clients develop and progress by empowering them to take responsibility for their own health. They also recognize that being healthy involves more than just proper diet. As such, a Health Coach also focuses on non-dietary aspects of a person’s life, to improve clients’ overall, holistic wellbeing.
The holistic coaching approach is a more effective form of transformation as it considers the whole person (body, mind, spirit, and emotions) in the quest for optimal health, wellness, and body composition.
Health Coaches, in addition to providing general nutrition information and recommendations to their clients, can help their clients learn how to nurture good relationships with food and body, proactively create a balanced, healthy lifestyle as one tries to juggle new eating habits, among many other things. Health Coaches ultimately provide support and education on lifestyle changes and self-care to promote complete wellness.