Thursday, May 3, 2012
3 Components of a Successful Health Coaching Program
At Wellness Corporate Solutions, leading dietitians, medical professionals, and industry experts devised a multi-faceted coaching approach to maximize success for the individual. In order to achieve a comprehensive state of wellness, employees must devote equal attention to both internal and external aspects of personal well-being. Food and fitness do not exist independently of our jobs and social support networks.
For the greatest impact, it’s important for employees to work in collaboration with a coach toward overall health balance in the areas of physical, emotional, and environmental health.
Physical Health includes how we nourish our bodies, strengthen our muscles and rest our minds. It incorporates physical conditions such as past injuries, illnesses and key biometric values (weight, cholesterol, blood pressure etc). Proper medical adherence to prescription drugs and preventative service schedules also fall under the physical umbrella. Problems identified in the physical space often serve as the starting point for healthy lifestyle change.
Emotional Health involves personal stress management, assessment of self-image, self-awareness, personal health beliefs and other mental barriers that may hinder behavior change. Coaches assess readiness to change in the emotional realm, work to elicit intrinsic motivators, remove barriers, promote emotional resilience, self-efficacy and confidence for successful health improvement.
Environmental Health encompasses all factors that exist outside the body – person, place or thing. An employee’s familial, social and professional relationships play an integral role in supporting health behavior change. Further, the places in which we live, work and interact socially, influence health perceptions, cultural norms and environmental exposures that can strongly affect health status. Lifestyle changes are most effective when supported by the immediate environment in which they are made.
These three components comprise a robust coaching methodology. WCS coaches target the physical, emotional, and environmental health of every individual they speak with to maximize total well-being.