What is Integrative Health Coaching?
Integrative health coaching enables positive behavior change in a structured and supportive partnership between a client and coach. The integrative health coach helps you to realize your own personal optimal vision for your health and wellness and assists in personal discovery and accountability. This type of coaching focuses on the entire person, including the mind, body, and spirit to assist clients to make changes that may support a happier and healthier lifestyle. Sessions can take place telephonically, via Skype, or in person. Think of a coach as a “personal trainer” with a focus on the entire YOU.
Why is Integrative Health Coaching beneficial to realizing your optimal health and wellness?
- You will gain the motivation to make change because an integrative health coach will work with you as an entire person – not just focusing on the physical. You will be asked powerful questions to consider, and you will be listened to attentively.
- An effective coach will explore whatever area of health you want to address, help you determine what is most important to you, and how to take action.
- You will be guided through a process to enhance potential for success.
- As you work toward achieving YOUR personal goals, with the help of a health coach, you’ll be able to identify obstacles to positive change and develop strategies to overcome those challenges.
- You’ll discover how to track your progress and be held accountable for your commitments.
- Coaches may provide additional resources so you can make positive healthy behavior changes.
How long does a client work with a health coach?
Clients benefit from working with a coach for a minimum of 3 months, since that is the minimum amount of time it takes to experience behavior change.
Is integrative health coaching for you?
- If you have tried losing weight with limited success, only to regain what you lost, and then some.
- If you are a busy professional and wish you were less stressed and want more balance in your life.
- If your physician told you that making some lifestyle changes would help a chronic condition, but you don’t know how to begin.
Is there research that demonstrates that health coaching works?
-Patients with Type 2 diabetes improved medication adherence, exercise frequency and glycemic control when they received 6 months of health coaching. 
 Wolever RQ, Dreusicke M, and Fikkan J, et al. (June 2009). Integrative Health Coaching for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. A Randomized Clinical Trial. Diabetes Education, 36 (4), 629-639.
- Research conducted by Wolever et al. (2006) suggests that integrative health coaching can help patients reduce their risk of diabetes and stroke.
 Wolever RQ, Webber DM, Meunier JP, Greeson JM, Lausier ER, and Gaudet TW (July-August 2011). Modifiable Disease Risk, Readiness to Change, and Psychosocial Functioning Improve with Integrative Medicine Immersion Model. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 17(4), 38-47.
- A study conducted by Edelman et al. using multidimensional interventions, including health coaching designed to make favorable changes in patient behavior, concluded that there was a statistically significant reduction in the 10-year risk of coronary heart disease.
 Edelman, D., Oddone, E., Liebowitz, R., Yancy, Jr, W., Olsen, M., Jeffreys, A., Moon, S., Harris, A., Smith, L., Quillian-Wolever, R., and Gaudet, T (July 2006). A Multidimensional Integrative Medicine Intervention to Improve Cardiovascular Risk. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21(7), 728–734.