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From Therapist to Coach

by Simon Matthews, DipIBLM FASLM M Hlth Sc Newcastle MAPS, Cert IV Fitness Reflections on the Journey from one discipline to another… So before you read any further, I think it’s only fair to tell you that this process of moving from Therapist to Coach is in train for me – I don’t want you to read […]


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The Road Paved with Good Intentions

This month at the Institute of Coaching we featured a literature meta-analysis and a scientific webinar by Siegfried Greif on the theory and application of “implementation intentions.” Before we discuss the theory and the meta-analysis, let’s consider the nature of “intention.” The wisdom of the inadequacy of intentions goes back a long way – the proverb – the road […]


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Lifestyle and Life Expectancy

Lifestyle and Life Expectancy: Five Factors to Minimize Health Risks An international team of scientists just released an original research article, “Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population” published April 30, 2018 in Circulation1. The abstract for this important paper is available at: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2018/04/25/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.032047 This international team from the US, […]


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A Clear Call for Coaching Skills

New AHA Scientific Statement: Advancing Physical Activity with a Clear Call for Coaching Skills On April 4, 2018 the American Heart Association (AHA) released a new scientific statement entitled “Routine Assessment and Promotion of Physical Activity in Healthcare Settings” published in Circulation1.  This paper is available to all as an open-access publication and can be […]


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A+ by Wellcoaches in National Examination

In September, 345 Wellcoaches coaches walked into computer testing sites nationwide and completed the national board certification examination for health and wellness coaches (NBC-HWC). All had studied diligently, pouring in their best efforts. Some weathered hurricanes or their aftermath to be there. Most completed a Wellcoaches exam preparation course steeped in our love of coaching […]


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Health Coaching for Prediabetes in Primary Care

by Ryan Sherman In the United States, primary care has historically treated patients using a “sick care” model, a system which waits for patients to become ill before they are treated.   However, the advent of the Affordable Care Act, gave rise to patient centered medical homes, which are designed to support a primary prevention model, […]


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A “Digital Therapy” Using Wellcoaches Model

FareWell Pilot Results In a February 16, 2017 release, Dr. Mark Berman (Head of Health at FareWell Company) shared the results of pilot testing a new digital platform providing a means for weight loss, using Wellcoaches trained coaches.  FareWell is a physician-led program to help people improve health by making lasting changes to diet and […]


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Coaching…it’s turtles all the way down

The story goes: a prominent thinker, perhaps William James or Bertrand Russell, delivered a lecture on the nature of the solar system. In response, an elderly woman proposed an alternate theory, that the world is flat, sitting on a turtle, and it is turtles all the way down. Her wacky notion has a kernel of […]


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Gratitude When Values Clash

Every four years, families sit down together after a presidential election. They set aside their political differences to appreciate each other and feel gratitude for the gifts of family, and the wonders of being alive. Political divisions are as old as democratic societies that make room for diverse and opposing views. At least now we […]


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Coaching Intervention for Fibromyalgia

See study in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Client Testimonials “I am more comfortable with having fibromyalgia and being able to get through it; I know I am going to be okay; I started going to the gym twice/week; I still have a lot of fatigue but the pain has subsided” “I’ve always been a goal setter […]


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