grapesWhat Does the Research Say About Wellness Coaching?

Behavioral scientists have shown that one-on-one coaching is one of the most effective approaches to helping people make and sustain improvements in their lives. A wellness coach enables change by focusing on your stated needs, values, vision, and goals and helping to bring out your personal best. Having a coach is particularly powerful when you have decided to fully commit to making significant behavioral and lifestyle changes. Together we can create your personal vision for wellness and identify priorities in one or more areas including fitness, weight, nutrition, stress, and general health. We will also discuss the principles that are important for you to be successful.

What does the research show?

In a large multi-center study of individuals with coronary heart disease, coaching was shown to be significantly better than usual care in increasing quality of life and lowering:

• total cholesterol
• low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
• blood pressure
• body weight
• dietary intake of total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol
• patient anxiety and cardiac symptoms

Another large study showed the effectiveness of 12 weeks of lifestyle management. Coronary heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia and/or impaired fasting glucose or diabetes mellitus were reduced to goal levels without medication.

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