What is a health coach, anyway?

December was an exciting month for me. In addition to wrapping up 2017, I successfully completed the health coaching program at Emory University. I had my eyes on this program for years, and the more I immersed myself in the wellness community, the more I realized this program was a good fit for me. The program included weekends on campus, weekly classes online, bi-weekly coaching calls, reading and responding to relevant literature, etc. It was a big commitment, a lot of work, and I can genuinely say it was everything and more I had hoped for in a training program.

Growing Grounded has continued to evolve since its inception in fall of 2016. I continue to work with the little ones, primarily at Peachtree Art Therapy. Books and Bends, the literacy based Mindfulness program I have been working to create, is my pride and joy. I am engaged with independent schools in the area working with High School students to manage stress and instill confidence, which is a critical life skill in my opinion. Corporate wellness has been an exciting new pursuit as well. I am working with groups and individuals to manage stress in the workplace and maintain the elusive work-life balance. Adding health coaching to the mix has tied it all together, and allowed me to bring Yoga, Mindfulness, stress management, nutrition, exercise, and more into the fold. This just may be my bread and butter, or for a T1D, my beets and butter (lettuce, of course :) .)

What is a health coach? This is a field gaining momentum and credibility, particularly in light of programs offered at institutions such as Emory University, among others. More so than any other time, our society (not to mention increased awareness among our global community) is trying to incorporate more wellness into daily lives to counteract stress and the inevitable anxiety that comes along with, well, life.

So, what exactly is a health coach? Think of a health coach as a bridge between where you are and where you want to be. In other words, a guide to support you in meeting your goals. We’re akin to other coaches from whom you may have received support in your life; sports coaches, executive management coaches, or singing/voice coaches...Health coaches offer guidance, support, and accountability - three areas in which many people, myself included, feel a lack of support when it comes to making positive life-changes. As the client, you are the one doing the work. Together, we build the intrinsic motivation it takes for you to succeed.

About Sarah

Sarah is the co-director of team Bristow, a passionate educator and mentor, and an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. Just like the rest of us, she seeks to grow every day.

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