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What's Health Coaching?

What is health coaching?

Health coaching, also known as wellness coaching, is the process of educating, guiding and supporting a client to achieve his or her chosen health goals through lifestyle and behavioral changes.

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Is 'health coach' a type of qualification?

No, it isn't.  Even the term "Certified Health Coach" has practically no meaning since one may not know who or what organization has 'certified' the health coach in question.

'Health Coach' is not currently a legally protected term like  "M.D." or "R.N."  This means that it may be used by anyone, irrespective of their background or training.  So consumer beware!  We recommend that you closely examine every health coach's relevant degrees, accredited qualifications and clinical experience.  If 'Health Coach' is the only qualification a practitioner offers, then you are probably better off continuing your search.

However, things look promising as two major regulating agencies are working hard to establish a nationally-recognized certification.  If and when the certification process comes to fruition you can be sure that we will be first in line to gain national certification.

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What is a properly qualified health coach?

A properly qualified Health Coach uses health education and guidance to facilitate lasting behavioral changes which lead to improved health.  The coach must employ evidence-based techniques, which means that their methods are grounded on behavioral science and clinical research that have been shown to effectively help people like you successfully improve their lifestyle.

The coach's background, experience, as well as special training in interviewing skills will determine how effective he or she is at improving your health.

Check out why Dr. Peña is a properly qualified health coach.

What is an 'ACE Health Coach'?

'ACE' is the American Council on Exercise and the world's leading non-profit fitness certification, education and training  organization.  It is one of the most trusted authorities on fitness and provides both professionals and consumers with comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting public health and fitness.  ACE promotes safe, effective exercise to the public, protecting it from unqualified fitness practitioners, as well as from unsafe and inneffective products and programs.

ACE provides the only Health Coach certification accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies), joining other rigorously reviewed credentials such as Pharmacy, Nursing, and Registered Dietitians.

Dr. Peña is a certified ACE Health Coach.

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What is a 'Clinical Health Coach'?

'Clinical Health Coaching' is accredited and professional training reserved for physicians, nurse practitioners and other select health professionals.  This recognized continuing medical education gives health professionals specialized skills grounded in evidence-based behavioral science.

Clinical health coaching is clinically proven to successfully establish healthy and sustainable behaviors that prevent disease and even reverse many of the effects of established diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Clinical Health Coaches help their patients and clients bring about healthful and sustainable changes to their lifestyle, often times in coordination with other healthcare professionals, such as their family doctor or nurse practitioner.

Clinical Health Coaches are "Behavior Modification Specialists" and "Care Management Facilitators."  This makes them great partners in improving your health and lifestyle as well as effective liaisons working with other healthcare providers on your behalf.

Dr. Peña is a trained Clinical Health Coach.

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