What is a Health Coach?
A 2008 study conducted by the City University Center for Coaching in London defines health coaching as “The practice of health education and health promotion within a coaching context, to enhance the well-being of individuals and to facilitate the achievement of their health-related goals.”
Why do I need a prenatal and postpartum specific program?
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your last one (or both!) your body undergoes many changes, physically, mentally, hormonally. These changes cannot be ignored if you want to enjoy your training program in pregnancy.
You will receive programming that is specific to your needs and your challenges. In the postpartum period, you will need additional support to maintain the routines and goals you had planned for yourself and there will be many unexpected challenges that arise. By having someone trained and experienced in this area, you'll be in compassionate and capable hands.
What is the "point" of a Health Coach?
As concerns keep growing globally regarding rising levels of obesity and chronic diseases related to poor nutrition, the help of health coaches seems to be needed more than ever. Health coaches — who have similar roles to dietitians (RDs) and nutritionists, but with some very important differences — are valuable because they are said to help fill a void in the current healthcare system.
Doctors and nurses often aren’t comfortable offering their patients diet-related advice or helping them with behavioral change, and many report that they don’t have enough time during office visits to devote to diet-related concerns. This is where health coaches come in: They offer their clients an opportunity to talk through obstacles, accountability and practical advice about how to plan and prepare healthy meals. Some studies have found that care-management programs that include health coaching can help reduce medical costs, hospitalizations and many symptoms associated with poor eating and lifestyle habits.
How are you Qualified to be a Coach?
Not only have I actually coached many volunteers, students and employees through the course of my career, I also have a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba. I studied Family Social Sciences as well as Family Violence and Conflict Resolution. These topics made me hyper aware of the everyday stressors that can present in our lives and how those things impact our day to day relationships--- often times without us even knowing that it's happening!
I've also completed my Personal Training Specialist certification with CanFitPro and have ensured I meet annual requirements for continuing education. I've added to this knowledge with a certificate of Prenatal and POstpartum Program Design offered through CanFitPro.
I decided to further my knowledge and expertise with an additional accreditation with Girls Gone Strong and am a certified Prenatal and Postpartum Coach. This certification is invaluable when coaching women as it allows me to speak directly to the challenges and modifications needed for those who are currently pregnant or have recently given birth.
I am certified through the Health Coach Institute, a program that is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners, via their CCE program (Continuing Coach Education).
The ICF is a non-profit, professional organization. Its mission is to build, support and preserve the integrity of the coaching profession.
In addition, this program is recognized by the following worldwide accrediting bodies and organizations –
Canada – Canadian Health Coach Alliance.
Canadian graduates are eligible for the RHC (Registered Health Coach) Designation.
UK – Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
Australia and New Zealand – International Institute for Complimentary Therapists (IICT).
Can I talk to you about which program is right for me?
Absolutely! You can do so by emailing me directly so we can figure out your best, next step!
I have more questions- who do I talk to?
I have blocked off times for client calls and sometimes it's hard to find a time that will work for both of us.
If you'd like to find a time that works- you can email me, and I'll get in touch with you directly to coordinate a time!