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What is a Health Coach and How Can They Help You?

What is a Health Coach and How Can They Help You?

What is a Health Coach and How Can They Help You?

“It’s going to be my New Year’s Resolution” – we’re all familiar with that saying. 

You decide that you want to be healthier—exercise more, eat better, lose weight, feel less stressed or get a health problem under control. You set your goal, such as walking 30 minutes every day—and for a while you manage to stick with your new habit. But before you know it, you’ve reverted to your old ways.

Just deciding that you want to be healthier doesn’t work—if it did, we’d all be healthier! That’s where a health coach comes in. The science behind health coaching shows that connecting you with your deepest inner wants, needs and values, can provide motivation that can compel you to make and sustain a lifestyle change.

A health coach is trained to ask open-ended questions, connect you with your strengths and provide a non-judgmental, safe space to explore your ‘ideal’ self. They help you set goals, evoke deeper thought, devise accountability protocols and celebrate wins. They are trained in models of behaviour change, meeting the client exactly where they are at. A health coach is your partner, not an expert telling you what to do.

Studies show that working with a health coach can help individuals achieve and maintain an impressive array of better-health benefits—including fewer hospitalisation’s and better adherence to a medication regimen. In cancer patients, health coaching has been proven to have particularly strong psychological benefits.

Even for people without life-threatening illnesses, a health coach can help make lasting changes. Health coaches work with people who would like to better manage their stress, improve their eating habits, increase their cardio fitness, improve their sleep, reduce the time they spend sitting and more. In addition, health coaches help clients find creative solutions for situations in their lives that are impacting their well-being.

Advanced Functional Medicine now offers health coaching. Emma Judges, A-CFHC, has trained through the Kresser Institute in Functional Medicine Health Coaching. Telehealth appointments are now available.

Jarrod Cooper – ND

Jarrod Cooper – ND

Jarrod Cooper - ND is the founder of Advanced Functional Medicine Australia. He is a Naturopathic Doctor with extensive functional medicine training from leading practitioners in the USA and worldwide.

He is leading the way with advancements of functional medicine, clinically implementing worldwide best practices in Functional Medicine throughout Australia.

Jarrod consults in person from Perth, Western Australia and also online via Telehealth throughout Australia and worldwide.

If you are looking for personalised treatment, we highly recommend contacting Jarrod Cooper’s Advanced Functional Medicine clinic in Australia.

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