What is a Health Coach?

 

One Powerful Step was created and founded by Jen Bugajsky.   Jen graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and received her certification as a Health Coach in April of 2013.  She is also a member of the AADP American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

What is a Health Coach?

A Health Coach is a guide and mentor who empowers clients to take responsibility for his or her own health and supports them to implement and sustain lifestyle and behavior changes that will contribute to the achievement of their personal wellness goals. Some common areas where a Health Coach may help a client to focus include weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy, stress management and digestion just to name a few.

While traditional medical professionals play specific roles in contributing to an individual’s overall wellness, the current model fails to bring about lasting healthy lifestyle changes. Physicians, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare professionals serve crucial functions but may not have the time or intent to discuss other factors that prevent clients from carrying out their well-intentioned recommendations. Health Coaches serve a unique function that fills this void in the current healthcare model. These professionals can be efficiently trained in just one year to promote core, foundational health concepts to individuals all over the world and to support them in making sustained lifestyle changes. With a strong focus on behavioral choices along with the basic understanding of dietary patterns and overall health, Health Coaches fulfill an important and distinct role that does not rely on an advanced degree in medicine, nutrition science or dietetics.

Health Coaches do not directly compete with other healthcare providers; rather they serve to complement all health professionals – including dietitians, nutritionists, nurses, doctors, and mental health professionals – to help clients develop targeted goals and a viable plan for carrying out regimens prescribed by their medical professionals, as well as enacting basic, health-supportive modifications and habits. By supporting mass, real-world lifestyle and behavioral changes, Health Coaches can play a crucial part in health maintenance, disease prevention, and even disease reversal – supporting the concerted mission of all healthcare professionals to increase the health and quality of life for all individuals.

Disclaimer

One Powerful Step does not provide medical advice and are not a trained dietitian, nutritionist, chef or medical professional.  The information on this site and any materials presented are based on facts, research and personal experience.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a licensed health-care professional.  Never dismiss any advice your health physician gives.  It is not a substitute for a medical exam, nor does it replace the need for services or counsel provided by medical professionals.  The authors shall in no event be held liable for any loss or other damages including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential or any other damages.

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