3 Common Health Coaching & Wellbeing Misconceptions (& What the Truth is!)
“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success,” the famed John D. Rockefeller said.
When it comes to seeing real change to your population health, health coaching and wellbeing are ways to do that.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions out there surrounding health coaching and employer-sponsored wellbeing programs – questions about everything from information safety to wondering about having to change everything.
Here’s what the DHS Group team has to say:
#1. “Working with a health coach won’t be any different than previous attempts to lose weight, quit smoking, start exercising or manage stress that I’ve tried on my own.”
Wendy Hummer, Wellness Specialist: Health Coaches empower clients to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyle behaviors that prevent, mitigate and sometimes even reverse chronic diseases. Our Health Coaches all have a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), considered the gold standard in health and fitness.
Skilled in behavior-change science and the principles of lifestyle medicine, our coaches teach behavioral modifications to help clients overcome the psychological barriers that keep them from achieving their goals. Our coaches dig deep to find the root of why something may not have worked in the past, or why present habits aren’t helping their goals, and educate clients on changing behavior to regain a greater level of health and wellbeing.
#2. “My employer is going to know everything about my personal health. They are invading our privacy.”
Jackie Kendziorski, Account Executive: The wellness program is administered according to federal rules permitting employer-sponsored wellness programs that seek to improve employee health or prevent disease.
Any and all results will be used to provide you with information to help you understand your current health and potential risks and may also be used to offer you services through a wellness program. You also are encouraged to share your results or concerns with your own doctor. Your personal results are NEVER shared with your employer. As a wellness program provider, we’re required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your personally identifiable health information.
#3. “I have to change everything about myself to participate in the wellbeing program and/or earn my wellness credit.”
Melissa Vajas, Registered Dietitian: Don’t overwhelm yourself! As health coaches and dietitians, we’ll help you pick one area to work on at a time – we want you to succeed. Reflect on your everyday habits. Are you consuming too much pop? Not enough water or produce? Create a daily goal for yourself like incorporating a piece of fruit (banana or pear) into breakfast each morning. Your daily goal will help you reach your long-term goal of creating a healthy lifestyle. Eventually, your daily goal will turn into a habit and you won’t think twice about it. Remember, living a healthy lifestyle is an everyday choice not an occasional option. In other words, each day is a new opportunity to make healthier decisions.
DHS Group offers health coaching as part of its HealthSpective employee wellbeing programming. If you’re interested in learning how to put DHS Group’s health coaches (and the rest of the wellbeing team) to work as part of your employee wellbeing program, click here.