Are you interested in a career in the booming Health and Wellness industry and to be trained in how to effectively support people to transform their health? Does the idea of helping others to radically improve their lifestyles excite and inspire you? Are you keen to learn a Person-Centred Nutrition approach that is tried and tested and promotes optimum health and wellness?
There is now an opportunity to become one of the first trained Health Coaches in South Africa with professional membership to Comensa (Coaches & Mentors of South Africa) and HCA (The Health Coaches Association).
This in-depth 9 to 12-month training will teach you everything you need to know to become a highly skilled Certified Health Coach and able to use a behavioural change process to help people to transform their health and build a thriving health coaching practice.
WHY SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS HEALTH COACHES
If you think about your last visit to the doctor – how much time did he/she actually spend with you? Did you get the chance to discuss how you really feel, or to take a look at your overall health and wellbeing – or discuss diet, nutrition, stress or activity levels?
Generally, the answer is no. Most doctors only have a few minutes to spend with each patient. It’s not that they don’t want to spend more time with patients, they simply don’t have enough time. Today’s doctors are trained to focus on and treat the symptoms, not to look for the cause.
Most conventional doctors aren’t trained in the skill set of how to develop a long-term plan to keep you healthy and motivated. At a recent Health Coaching conference in the UK Dr Rangan Chatterjee (Doctor in the house) voiced his frustration at not being able to spend more time discussing lifestyle changes his patients could make, and expressed his support for Health Coaching to become an integrated part of any doctors practice, with trials beginning now.
The landscape of healthcare has changed. Chronic disease now far outweighs acute illness with 80% of premature deaths today being caused by lifestyle diseases. And yes, that means 80% are avoidable. And this is where the medical profession struggles to find solutions, but is exactly where health coaches can help!
With chronic diseases being preventable through diet and lifestyle changes, Health Coaches have the time to deal with the real issues that are stopping people change; even when people know and understand these statistics people still find it almost impossible to change more than short term; for example research has shown that only 14% of heart disease patients are able to make permanent lifestyle shifts despite the seriousness of their condition. It’s not that they don’t want to live, it’s that they don’t know how to change lifetime habits.
So the real issue is a ‘behavioural change’ one and this is the role of the Health Coach.
SO WHAT EXACTLY DOES A HEALTH COACH DO?
The primary goal of a health coach is to help clients commit to a permanent lifestyle shift, overcoming all the barriers in the way that commonly stop people changing. Health coaches not only help clients work through lifestyle and behaviour modifications, they mentor, inspire, guide, and motivate clients by understanding them as an individual; anyone can transform their health but for each of us, the drivers and motivators are very different. So we cannot motivate patients with a generic set of motivators. Our clients/patients know what they should or shouldn’t be doing but lack the drive and motivation and a health coach works with each person as an individual to help them create a new future in relation to their health that is clear, exciting, in line with their values and geared towards their preferences.
Health coaches have the luxury of time that medical doctors don’t, to delve deeper into the how’s and why’s of preventative care. Understanding the importance of this, many doctor’s offices are now starting to add Health Coaches to their team making Health Coaching a fantastic new opportunity for those who are passionate about health and about helping others avoid unnecessary disease and suffering.
Helping people to transform their health, improve their lives and grow in confidence is one of the most rewarding careers you could possibly have. We have been working as health coaches since 2003 and we LOVE what we do. We have been training others to be health coaches in the UK since 2007 and this accredited Health Coaching Course is now available in South Africa too. You can be one of the first South African trained and accredited health coaches and become part of the solution.
If you would like our information pack to find out more please visit us at www.healthcoachesacademy.co.za and download your prospectus today.