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Health Coaching in Indian Country
Upon completion of the pilot project in 2024, the IHS will use the results to assess the feasibility of establishing a health and wellness coach program that includes a focus on:
- Increasing individual involvement in prevention and understanding how to best approach lifestyle behavioral change;
- Improving health and health outcomes impacted by environmental and behavioral patterns and lifestyle choices;
For more information on other health coaching efforts in Indian Country, please see Health and Wellness Coaching Utilization And Perspectives of Health Practitioners Working In American Indian Communities
What is a Health Coach?
The health and wellness coaching field is an emerging discipline that champions healthy behavior changes as a means of avoiding, reducing the incidence, or lessening the effects of chronic lifestyle-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Health and wellness coaches are experts on human behavior, motivation, and health. They are "change agents" who help their clients set and achieve health goals and build new habits.