What Exactly Is a Health Coach?
By Lia Threat
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Health coaches are becoming more recognizable since the wellness industry has been exploding in recent years. Doctors are taking note and have been working closely with health coaches in their practices.
Starting January 1, 2020, the National Board of Medical Examiners introduced new billing codes that have been approved by the American Medical Association for health and wellness coaching. With new codes in place, health coaching sessions may be included in your insurance policy!
However, some may be confused about exactly what a health coach does. It is easy to learn more about a health coach by looking at their scope of practice.
What a health coach is:
A person well versed in dietary trends, eating, and lifestyle habits.
A means of support
Someone who may provide information, such as published and peer-reviewed studies, resources, and food-related content like recipes or articles.
Someone who can help identify lifestyle and eating habits that may not be conducive to a state of well-being.
A means of support alongside doctors and practitioners to help a client meet goals that a provider may set, such as losing weight, working to lower blood pressure, etc.
What a health coach is not:
Someone who gives medical advice
Someone who provides a diet
Someone who advises a patient to start or stop taking any form of medication.
If you are looking to make lifestyle changes, a health coach may be able to help you. It is best to find the right fit.
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