Health vs. Wellness Coaching: Wellness/Prevention Interventions

Health Coaching can be used for so many scenarios, but often we see it being used for wellness and prevention programs, as well as for the treatment of chronic conditions. Today, let’s focus on wellness and prevention.

Below are some specific areas of wellness and prevention where health coaching has been found to be highly effective, along with some evidence-based guidelines for each!

  • Tobacco Cessation
    • Encounters as short as three minutes can be effective with smoking cessation
    • Multiple engagements with counselors increase one’s smoking abstinence
    • Post-quitting, weekly encounters for the first 4-7 weeks of cessation reduce rate of relapse
    • The combination of medication and counseling is more effective for smoking cessation than either alone
  • Weight Loss & Maintenance
    • A three-pronged approach is recommended for weight loss/maintenance goals
      • Assessment
      • Management
      • Behavior Therapy
  • Stress Management
    • Clinical Best Practice Interventions
      • Get Moving
      • Eat Right
      • Get Some Sleep
      • Reframe Stressful Thoughts
      • Laugh Out Loud
      • Write About It
      • Enlist Problem Solving Skills
      • Enlist Behavioral Health Support
  • Healthy Eating
    • Create MindfulPauses before, after, and during eating
      • A MindfulPause is the space created when one recognizes and replaces emotional eating with appropriate choices
    • ┬áMake half your plate fruits and vegetables
    • Make at least half your grains whole
    • Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
    • Vary your protein choices
  • Physical Activity
    • Exercise should be the single most important activity encouraged for all adults through wellness and prevention initiatives
    • Vigorous physical activity increases the risk of injury in adults.
    • Moderate levels of activity is recommended for most adults
    • 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, at least 10 minutes each

Tomorrow we will look into health coaching and chronic conditions!

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