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Health Coaching in Indian Country

The purpose of this project is to build on the Indian Health Service Bemidji Area Office of Health Promotion Disease Prevention’s program that provided health and wellness coach training for practitioners from May 2012 through April 2016. The National Health Coach Pilot Project will train community and health professionals in health and wellness coaching skills that support increased knowledge with client-centered strategies for improving health behaviors and outcomes.

Adapted from Health and Wellness Coaching Utilization And Perspectives of Health Practitioners Working In American Indian Communities Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

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.