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Practical Well-Being

Posted By Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD, Monday, March 16, 2020

Photo by: Nik MacMillan via Upsplash

In a recent Mintel blog, "Wellness Trends to Watch in 2020", the author states that 2020 will be the year for “wellness for everyone.” Holistic wellness activities that are accessible and achievable will drive consumers’ success. 

As wellness practitioners, it is important we understand the impact our recommendations make as consumers seek our professional guidance and vetting of credible wellness activities, services, and brands. We know from surveys like this one from IFIC that consumers trust health and wellness professionals the most. Shouldn’t we expect they are asking for practical and specific recommendations that help them make choices to improve their well-being?
 
Fortunately, there is a partner that helps make our jobs a bit “easier.” Pulse Health & Wellness has a unique evidence-based engagement platform that connects health and wellness brands to professional practitioners. Leveraging evidence-based professional resources, coupons, samples of food, and wellness products for clients enables one to cut through the clutter and noise in the marketplace and find practical solutions for clients or patients.

Members and friends of the National Wellness Institute can sign up at nwi.pulseconnect.me to join the Pulse Health & Wellness network at no cost! 


 Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD, is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute and President of FoodWell Strategies, a food and wellness marketing consultancy.


 

Tags:  Brands  clinical practice  Emerging Wellness Professional  Engagement  PulseConnect  wellness  Wellness Trends 

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Emerging Wellness Professional Award and Multicultural Wellness Committee Collaboration

Posted By NWI, Monday, August 26, 2019

EWP Award

The EWP Taskforce is pleased to announce that several applications from highly qualified emergent professionals were received for NWI's 2019 Emerging Wellness Professional Award.

This is the second year that we are presenting the award to an emerging Wellness Professional (EWP). The EWP Award recognizes the work and impact of newcomers to the wellness industry. The Award winner will be contacted by September 3rd, and will be presented with the award at the 44th annual National Wellness Conference, October 1-3 in Kissimmee, FL.  

The NWI Emerging Wellness Professional awardee will be offered:

  • A position on the Emerging Wellness Professionals Task Force
  • FREE voucher for the National Wellness Conference, including paid flight, travel, and lunch the year the award is presented to them.
  • A free annual NWI membership.

 

EWP Taskforce & Multicultural Wellness Committee Collaboration

The NWI’s EWP Taskforce and the Multicultural Wellness Committee are pleased to announce an ongoing collaboration to reach and empower diverse emerging wellness professionals (EWPs). The groups will be joining forces during the 2019 NWI Conference to connect with EWPs from diverse backgrounds, and to recruit leaders who are eager to address new challenges in the wellness industry based on innovative and inclusive approaches. 

Above is a quick tutorial on the Multicultural Wellness Wheel as a roadmap to inclusive wellness practices by NWI Board Member Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo. 


Tags:  Emerging Wellness Professional  Multi-Cultural  multicultural competency 

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Who are Health Coaches?

Posted By Samantha Diedrich, Monday, July 15, 2019

Health coaches—or wellness coaches, are wellness professionals. The buzz words, "Health Coach", are heard almost daily now; from worksite wellness programs to health and fitness clubs, social media groups, and nutrition stores. Health coaches wear multiple hats and come from a broad spectrum of health and wellness backgrounds.

The one thing a health coach will not do is tell you what to do.

The role of a health coach is to assist their client through the stages of change by setting SMART goals with their client. Health coaches work with people to overcome barriers and help their clients celebrate small successes. Goal setting is the fundamental backbone of health coaching. When you set a goal with a health coach, the coach becomes your ally in your personal wellness journey. Health Coaches will help motivate you, keep you accountable, as well as provide feedback and ideas when needed. The one thing health coaching will not do is tell you what to do. Health coaching is not a “tell me my plan and what to do to meet my goal” kind of experience. It is specifically there to work with clients to find the goals that mean the most to them and work past the barriers that may come up along the way. Coaches are also there to be the clients' first source of accountability; eventually decreasing that need along the goal pathway.

Health coaches are there to help people create lifestyle changes by accomplishing goals that last. Through behavior change, the coach will help figure out what has made their client struggle in the past and plan to overcome that challenge in the future. The health coach can bring ideas to the table, but the client always has the floor as to what will—or won't—work for them.

Health coaches are more than just a trend in wellness, they are here to stay. Health coaches are wellness professionals who are trained in behavioral change, motivational interviewing, and working with people to achieve and celebrate personal goals. Many health coaches work in worksite wellness and business health career fields. They tend to come from different areas of expertise, such as clinical exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, personal trainers, and/or have college degrees in health, fitness, exercise science, or wellness promotion. health coach with clientHealth coaches may also have other wellness credentials, such as the National Wellness Institute Certified Wellness Practitioners, CHES, Nutrition Specialists, and/or Personal Trainers. Health coaches have a wide span of expertise, which helps clients across a broad spectrum of wellness issues. This enables coaches to work with clients in various areas to create a plan that is individualized for each client.

Many employers now require that health coaches hold a certification to call themselves health coaches, but not all health coaches are certified. The science of wellness is still evolving, and as with many aspects of wellness, proceed with caution as a consumer. Most states will allow anyone to call themselves a health coach, whether they have been trained as a health coach or not. Some “health coaches” may not have a degree in health and wellness, let alone training in behavior change. As a health and wellness consumer, make sure your health coach has proper evidence-based training in behavior change, motivational interviewing, and wellness before you commit to their programming.

If you are an aspiring health coach, do your research and look for evidence-based certifications. The best health coaching certifications will contain a classroom component, case study review, written exam, and practical exams. The practical exam is an essential component to health coaching and learning to apply motivational interviewing skills to client sessions. Many wellness employers—especially in the health care setting, are looking for certified health coaches to add to their staff. To make yourself marketable as an emerging wellness professional, obtaining a health coaching certification is a new job skill requirement found in most wellness job descriptions. If you are passionate about exercise, nutrition, stress, mental health, etc., work toward finding accreditation for that passion. This will help you strive in coaching as well as make you an ideal candidate for future employers.


Samantha Diedrich, MS, CWPSamantha Diedrich, MS, CWP, is a Certified Wellness Practitioner and Health Coach with Aspirus Business Health - Wellness. She is passionate about engaging business partners and clients to improve their lives through health and happiness. She is a member of the National Wellness Institute's Emerging Wellness Professional task force.


Tags:  Coaching  Emerging Wellness Professional  Health Coach  Wellness Coach  Wellness Professional 

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Emerging Wellness Professional Minute

Posted By Samantha Diedrich, Friday, June 21, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Don't miss Samantha Diedrich's one-minute video on the importance of "practicing what we preach"!


Samantha Diedrich, MS, CWPSamantha Diedrich, MS, CWP, is a Certified Wellness Practitioner and Health Coach with Aspirus Business Health - Wellness. She is passionate about engaging business partners and clients to improve their lives through health and happiness. She is a member of the National Wellness Institute's Emerging Wellness Professional task force.


Tags:  emerging wellness professional  EWP  Intellectual Wellness  mindfulness 

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