What is a Health and Wellness Coach?

If you are considering making a change that will improve your health and sense of wellbeing, you might want to consider partnering with a Health and Wellness coach. A coach can support your goal of achieving self-directed and lasting changes that promote your health and wellness, align with your values and improve your overall sense of well being. A Health and Wellness coach will support you unconditionally, and believe in you and your capacity to make the lifestyle changes you want to make. Your coach will hold the focus on your goals, will hold the space for you to define your own actions and champion you every step of the way. To ensure that you are receiving high quality coaching, choose a Nationally Board Certified Coach.

How can a Health and Wellness Coach Help?

A Health and Wellness coach may be able to help with setting goals with clients for improved management in many areas of health such as:

  • chronic health issues
  • nutrition
  • exercise
  • stress
  • sleep
  • anxiety
  • sense of well being
  • healthy lifestyle changes

Health and Wellness coaches work closely with their clients and provide them with tools to achieve their personal wellness goals.

Wellness coaches can provide support that results in focus and motivation needed to keep clients on track and moving forward as they make lifestyle changes. Health and Wellness coaches understand behavioral change psychology, human motivation, promotion of healthy habits, and professional coaching competencies.

A Health and Wellness coach can provide small, realistic steps to achieve goals and provide guidance and support along the way. Health and Wellness coaches provide personalized support so that their clients reach their goals. According to a new study led by Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, maintaining five healthy habits during adulthood may add a decade to life expectancy.1

  • eating a healthy diet
  • exercising regularly
  • keeping a healthy body weight
  • not drinking too much alcohol
  • and not smoking

In a comprehensive analysis of the impact of adhering to these lifestyle heathy habits, researchers found that women and men in the United States who maintained the healthiest lifestyles were 82% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65% less likely to die from cancer when compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles over the course of the roughly 30-year study period.1

A Health Coach who understands how to make lasting changes in daily habits, can provide the support you need to make your goal of adopting these healthy habits a reality.

"If you create a climate where positive change can occur, maintain motivation, turn setbacks into progress, and make new beneficial habits to replace the ones eliminated, change will occur" Dr. Michael Arloski

Why should you choose a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)?

There has recently been an explosion of health and wellness coaching programs. As a result, it can be difficult to determine the expertise and quality of coaches. With agreed upon standards for the training and practice of health and wellness coaches, clients know what to expect from coaches and how they complement other professions. The national board certification designation allows proficient coaches to stand apart from coaches who have not received adequate coach training or assessment of their coaching skills and knowledge.

Vision and Mission

National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach Vision

The NBHWC envisions a world where all people thrive.

National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach Mission

The mission of the NBHWC is to lead the advancement of health and wellness coaching by establishing professional standards and collaborative partnerships.


1 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180430075619.htm

2 https://www.verywellfit.com/what-is-a-wellness-coach-when-do-you-need-one-4175824

3 https://realbalance.com/

4 https://nbhwc.org/