When health coaches are involved with addressing chronic health conditions, outcomes improve. Clinical research demonstrates that health coaches can boost weight loss, assist in smoking cessation, and improve test results for patients with diabetes or poor cardiovascular health (Merrill, 2010; Terry, 2011; Wolever, 2010; Vale, 2003).
The term "health coach" is not regulated and as a result, anyone can call themselves a health coach. This is problematic because the coach may be highly trained or completely untrained. National board certification distinguishes a fully trained and experienced health coach from others using the title. The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) have "pioneered science-based training, education, and research of health and wellness coaches" and offer the only recognized board certification in the United States.
Health and wellness coaches who achieve board certification have completed a rigorous education and documented extensive experience using evidence based approaches to help clients achieve real and lasting change.
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Terry, P. E., Seaverson, E. L., Staufacker, M. J., & Tanaka, A. (2011). The effectiveness of a telephone-based tobacco cessation program offered as part of a worksite health promotion program. Population health management, 14(3), 117-125.
Vale, M. J., Jelinek, M. V., Best, J. D., Dart, A. M., Grigg, L. E., Hare, D. L., ... & McNeil, J. J. (2003). Coaching patients On Achieving Cardiovascular Health (COACH): a multicenter randomized trial in patients with coronary heart disease. Archives of internal medicine, 163(22), 2775-2783.
Wolever, R. Q., Dreusicke, M., Fikkan, J., Hawkins, T. V., Yeung, S., Wakefield, J., ... & Skinner, E. (2010). Integrative health coaching for patients with type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 36(4), 629-639.