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When a Health Coach is Better than a Doctor

The Integrative Nutrition program, a well-respected Health Coach training, instructs students in how to support their clients in achieving all of their fitness, health, relationship, and career goals. Now that’s a tall order and one that needs the right kind of training. Unless coming from a previous job in medicine health coaches are not medically trained. They are trained to help facilitate a positive outcome in programs for weight loss, quitting smoking, managing diabetes, eating a quality diet and getting the right types of exercise. Training can consist of years of intensive instruction with multiple instructors to a 2-week online certification course. As you can see it is best to do some research before hiring just anyone as your coach.

In 2010 Dr. Karen Lawson, Program Director for the Health Coaching track at the University of Minnesota and Margaret Moore, Co-Director of the Harvard Institute of Coaching, took the initiative to create national standards for health coach training. As quoted in the article, Can Health Coaches Help Fix Our Healthcare System? By Monique Brouillette, Dr. Lawson states, “There is a huge lack of understanding from within most conventional healthcare clinicians as to what health coaching is and how it is different from case management, disease management, nurse education and health navigators. Part of the need is for us to come up with a cohesive definition and clarification of credentials to be able to hold our own in this ground where there is a lot of confusion.”  This clarification could lead to health coaches becoming a big part of the primary care system with possible pay per service reimbursement.

Although hiring a Health Coach is an out of pocket expense you might want to consider the special advantages to having a personal health trainer. Especially to help get you over obstacles that prevent moving forward with your diet and exercise goals. Having a trained Health Coach to talk to may just be the key that allows you to move your life from ordinary to extraordinary. Consultations can be done by phone from wherever you are, so no need to leave home for an appointment. And a little guidance from someone who cares can go along way towards helping you find optimal health and well-being.

Coming soon, the exclusive interview with Andrea Beaman, Top Chef contender, author, television personality, and Health Coach extraordinaire.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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7:08AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011


11:55PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

I just had a medical checkup.

My doctor was amazed at my health.
He threatened "You'll live forever!"

"I dont' want to live forever," I protested.
"Not here on this earth. I want to go home."

The first guy that threatened me about 3 years ago
was one of those intuitive psychics. He threatened that I'd live 120 years.

I protested, "I don't want to!"

He said, "Then you'd better stop taking care of yourself. You're doing a great job!"

So what do I do?

I don't want to be sick. That hurts.

I'm just asking my Higher Power to come take me home in my sleep.

Meanwhile, I have to use whatever time I still have to go to do as much good as I can.


1:25AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Well, nice idea, but, I think it's another crock pot health care deal. I've gone to "nutritionists", and here is some little girl whose never had a weight problem... Then, I swear that they tell you about calories all day long, and don't seem to care that the "food" they tell you to eat isn't a real food, such as margarine and saccarine, because they are "low" or "free" in calories. They have NO idea what your health condition is, and tell you to do exercises that are darn near impossible on a diet so low in calories that an underweight person could maintain their weight on... And they're supposed to help me manage other health conditions other than my weight like my diabetes too? No, I'm afraid.

10:42PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011


12:03PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011


8:52PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

noted with thanks

8:21PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Why on earth can't we teach good nutrition, balancing a budget, real sex education, etc., IN SCHOOL?

12:17PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:50AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Great. Thanks.

9:48AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Cool idea. Thanks.

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Well, I'm a blubbering, cooing mess!

Yes I knew there was a definition. As there is for many different food products with specific recipe…

Cute, but only for cats. Please don't try to emulate.

Thanks for sharing.

anything for a treat :)


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