I've always believed that health coaching is one of the most powerful tools we have as wellness professionals. There's nothing like working one-on-one with a true expert.
We recently surveyed a large group of health coaching participants, and the results were amazing. More than 97% felt health coaching was beneficial to them, and similar numbers said their coaches had helped them set and achieve meaningful health goals.
Whenever we survey our wellness participants, I always play close attention to the written comments. You'll often find insights like this:
"I was resistant to the coaching session to begin with, but [my coach] was able to focus on my issues and provide very useful advice. I was really pleased and impressed with how well she not only handled my resistance, but gave me a few good things to think on."
Such an excellent point. Employees are sometimes hesitant to speak openly about their health, and it's our job to meet people where they are -- even if they're not yet ready to make changes. Over time, health coaches form a trusting relationship with the participant and help them move forward at their pace.
I have to thank Juliet Rodman, our co-founder and a registered dietitian herself, for our success in this area. WCS now has more than 1,200 trained and certified health coaches in our network nationwide, almost all of whom are registered dietitians. RDs possess a perfect blend of clinical expertise and real-world coaching experience, and that's what makes them so effective.
Way to go, Juliet and all our fabulous coaches!