Health Coaching: A Path to Improved Wellness
Thanks to the Medica Foundation, Touchstone clients who want to make positive, healthy lifestyle changes now have help in reaching their personal wellness goals. The Wellness Initiative, funded by the Medica Foundation, provides a health assessment and 3-6 individual meetings with a certified health coach. These services can serve as a launching point for clients to begin to address their overall health.
Health coaching can help people make healthy changes by providing the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help them transform goals into action. A health coach evaluates strengths, offers suggestions and provides positive feedback to help the client move through negative self-talk or other obstacles that can prevent progress. Coaching can help clients manage the stress of living with a chronic condition with stress management and learning mind body skills to relax and calm anxiety.
“Health coaching is practiced from a holistic perspective recognizing the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit.” says Lorna Glick, Integrative Health Coach. “The goals of the sessions are determined by the client, which empowers them to take an active role in improving their health. It has been wonderful to work at Touchstone because they value the importance of using a holistic approach to help people on their journey towards healing.”
We have seen a positive response to the program so far – 35 people have completed their health assessment, 26 have had at least one session and 12 have participated in two-four coaching sessions. These clients have been addressing weight loss, nutrition, and sleep hygiene which can have a positive impact on their overall health as well as their mental health.