Health vs. Wellness Coaching: Introduction

It’s fall y’all! So, it’s time for a new blog series and the timing could not be more perfect as Sage has made Melinda Huffman’s article in Workplace Health & Safety (Vol. 64, No. 9) from 2016 available online!

CLICK HERE to see the article.

Throughout the course of this 17-day blog series we will discuss several topics including, but not limited to:

  • Health Coaching vs. Wellness Coaching: What is the Difference
  • Health Coaching Qualifications & Skills
  • Health Coaching Core Competencies
  • Health Coaching Interventions for Wellness, Prevention, & Chronic Conditions

As a focus on health and wellness has really progressed in the United States and around the world, several types of “coaching” have emerged. Health coaching and Wellness coaching have gained a lot of attention as they have been the most closely associated with health behavior change. But, with these two types of coaching seeming so similar at first glance, it is important to ask certain questions to discover what the benefits are of each and which type is the most effective for your particular situation, career, or practice.

Here are some questions we will be addressing throughout the course of this blog series:

  • Is there a difference between health coaching and wellness coaching? If so, what is the difference?
  • What should the qualifications be for those providing these services?
  • What are the risks and responsibilities involved?
  • What should the patient/client expect to gain from enlisting such services?

Check back daily for the next 17 days to find the answers to these questions and so many more!


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