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Are you curious about the help you can receive from a health coach?

The health care industry is making room for the educational and motivational skills of the health coach. Both the patient and her doctor are winners in this deal.

I want to share what I learned in an article in Men’s Journal by David Browne. It shares the rise of health coaching in the US. Well-known, expert sources, like Dr. Frank Lipman and leaders at Duke Integrative Medicine, are sending patients to a health coach. People are hungry for a long-term health game plan and consistent follow-up to make it happen.

Most of the problems people go to their doctors for are chronic, lifestyle-related questions and doctors don’t have the time to treat them,” says Dr. Lipman, a New York physician who uses six health coaches in his practice. “A health coach can give patients specific recipes and hold their hands. I don’t have time to do that.

Dr. Frank Lipman

Feeling lost when it comes to chronic health issues

Do you believe there must be simple things you could do to improve your health and well-being to better follow your doctor’s orders? Linda Smith, the director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine agrees.

Most of us know we need to exercise more, eat better, and work more effectively with stress. But it takes a partnership to walk this walk to activate these medical recommendations.

Linda Smith
health coach

As a health coach, I believe that the day-to-day actions we all make have a huge impact on our lives.

Incorporating simple yet powerful habits takes much of the overwhelm out of wanting to live our best life. For instance, when I was in junior high school, one of my friends had a generous mom who was teaching some of us how to sew clothes. She taught us something that I now teach all of my coaching clients. She said, “If you spend 15 minutes every day pursuing your love of sewing, you would be surprised what you can accomplish in a month’s time.”

Healthy Habits in Your Life

What healthy habit do you wish you gave 15 minutes to every day? For instance, has your doctor recommended weight loss or increased exercise? Or maybe, you haven’t begun either effort because it feels overwhelming. I can tell you 5 simple ways to spend 15 minutes a day and begin a powerful holistic health process…feeling supported and nurtured every step of the way!

Maybe your doctor does not give nutrition help or teach how whole food can heal your chronic health problems. Perhaps you could speak with a professional who has specialized in that kind of health care? As author David Browne points out in Men’s Journal, health coaches are rising in status and impact for Americans seeking wellness. I predict that in five years, almost every doctor’s office will be able to refer a health coach to people as part of their annual check-ups. Perhaps today is a great day for you to get in front of this powerful trend? I am honored to hear from you.