Wellness Coaching is a process whereby Wellness Coaches assist people in their efforts to lead healthier lives through a wide array of telephonic, onsite and online Wellness Coaching programs. These programs, which cover topics ranging from prenatal Wellness to smoking cessation to diet, are offered to individuals on an unlimited basis.
Wellness Coaching starts when an individual is contacted by a Wellness Coach or when a person initiates the first call to the Wellness Coach. The Wellness Coach will be the individual's personal champion throughout their individual journey to Wellness.
All high quality Wellness Coaches have education and professional experience in one or more of the following disciplines: Exercise and Sport Science, Public Health, Health Education, Nutritionist, Dietician, Corporate Wellness, ALA-certified
Wellness Coaching: Core Plan Components
- Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
- Diet and Nutrition Plans
- Physical Fitness Education Plans
- Pre-and Post-natal Wellness Plans
- Smoking Cessation / Tobacco Cessation and Prevention
- Stress Management Plans
- Walking Plans
- Weight Management Plans
- Work/Life Balance Plans
- Family Relationships
Wellness Coaching: Smoking Cessation
Throughout the Wellness Coaching process, Wellness Coaches are encouraged to communicate with the individual through phone calls, emails or “snail mail”. Further, Wellness Coaches / Wellness Coaches typically send participating individuals a series of tip sheets, Wellness calculators and books to support their positive lifestyle decision.
All Wellness Coaches participate in regular trainings and follow guidelines specifically created for health & wellness management and lifestyle behavior change. All programs follow a process, which identifies the individual's stage of change, delivers key messages and broadly stated queries, and focuses on pivotal levers for change.
Wellness Coaching: Online Resources
Most high quality Wellness Coaches offer individuals a Wellness website, which provides participants with a complement to telephonic Wellness Coaching. Through the website, the participant can:
- instant message sessions with a Wellness Coach;
- track their progress through any of the Wellness Coaching programs;
- find a local health club;
- or link to hundreds of Wellness resources throughout the country.
Because our Wellness Coaches have administrative access to the site, participants can work with a coach online who has the ability to monitor their progress through any of the Wellness Coaching programs.
During the initial intake session, the Wellness Coach will determine the individual's position on Prochaska’s ‘Readiness to Change’ model; and build a personalized plan accordingly. The behavior change process develops over the course of months and years, and is characterized by six distinct stages.
By matching the type of intervention with the appropriate stage, Wellness Coaches can improve the individual's probability of success. Success in a Wellness Coaching program is generally defined not only by changing a specific unhealthy behavior but by any movement toward a change, such as a transition from one stage of readiness to another.
Another vitally important and innovative contribution of this model is its emphasis on maintaining change. Relapse is common and is recognized and accounted for by the model.
- Phone-based Health and Wellness Coaching nearly doubles a tobacco user's odds of quitting; and maintaining cessation for one year. Source: American Cancer Society, 2004
- A monster.com (2006) survey of human resource professionals found four key reasons that telephonic Health Coaching is gaining popularity: convenience; anonymity; flexibility; and cost.
- Participants in the telephonic (Wellness Coaching) program lost almost as much weight as another group receiving services through the face-to-face clinical method. Phone-based participants lost 23 pounds over 12 weeks; and 28 pounds over 26 weeks. Participants based in clinics lost 28 pounds over 12 weeks; and 28 pounds over 26 weeks Source: Univ. of Kansas Center for Weight Management, 2005
- Workers with high BMI have, on average, $2,366 higher medical claims per year than those with normal BMI. They were also absent twice as many days, accounting for $863 in lost productivity and work time per year. – Burton, 2001
Often individuals need care that's outside the normal scope of wellness coaching. That's when Drug And Alcohol Rehab Centers can come in handy. Having a good source for this type treatment is vital.