Over the last couple of months we have been working with functional medicine doctors to improve the quality of life for many of our residents. Now we are also starting to work with health coaches. These coaches provide all sorts of healthy lifestyle tips. They also hold people accountable for their own improvement. The results have been wonderful. We believe that elderly people can still live very active lifestyles by taking care of themselves. They don’t have to always rely on pharmaceutical drugs for their health.
And we’re finding people who can help our residents break their ‘bad’ habits.
The Benefits of a Health Coach
As you can see from articles like this one on our blog, we are big believers in health lifestyles. According to the Kresser Institute, which trains health coaches, a health coach can:
- Help people discover the “why” behind their desired health change
- Empower people as the experts on their own bodies, minds, and circumstances
- Help people identify challenges and blind spots that are preventing change
- Provide support and accountability
- Use their broad knowledge of health and wellness to help people navigate a variety of health concerns
They really can be your expert accountability partner. Health coaches not only give you healthy lifestyle tips. They also follow you along your journey and encourage you to improve your health. Many times they will ask you to take some tests to see what is going on with you. Then they can come up with a plan of healthy lifestyle tips and techniques to improve your health.
Lifestyle Changes for Clients
Based on testing or an initial consultation, health coaches may recommend a whole host of healthy lifestyle tips. Some include:
- Dietary changes
- Chiropractic care
- Other natural forms of care
None of those items should be very new to anyone. A good health coach will make their clients feel special and that motivates them. They suggest the best combination of activities and help coach their client along the way. Then they help their client implement their recommendations.
Meet Christina Winnett
Christina Winnett is the health coach our residents are starting to use. She works for Dr. Wolfson, a board certified cardiologist Dr. Wolfson believes in natural health as well as traditional medicine. He wrote a book called “The Paleo Cardiologist” which explains his philosophy for health into old age.
We encourage our residents to take advantage of the 20 minute FREE coaching calls that Christina and other health coaches in her office offer. That way they can start you on your journey to better health without much of an investment by you.
What does a health coach do? I sat down with Christina to learn more about her services and how they can help our residents. I hope she or some of her staff (or another health coach) can help you improve and better enjoy life!