About Wellness Coaching

What is Wellness Coaching?

What is Wellness Coaching? Once an embryonic field born out of humanistic psychology, behavioral change theory, and life coaching, the wellness & health coaching profession now has a firm foot hold in organizations and healthcare businesses internationally. Health & Wellness Coaching is now on a swift positive trajectory due to the evidence that demonstrates it’s role in improved client/patient outcomes, medical compliance, employee health and productivity, and lower health care costs. Health & Wellness coaching “bridges the gap” between orthodox healthcare within organizational systems and behavioral change. Who is a Wellness Coach? Certified Health and Wellness Coaches are professionals from diverse backgrounds and education who work with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower the client to achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Successful coaching takes place when coaches apply clearly defined knowledge and skills so that clients mobilize internal strengths and external resources for sustainable change. YouTube Video "What is Wellness Coaching?by Dr. Michael Arloski  

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Wellness Mapping 360 "Wellness Coaching" Model

Wellness Mapping 360º© "Wellness & Health Coaching" Model Class Webinar Schedule Live Class Schedule A Health and Wellness Coaching model developed by Dr. Michael Arloski, author of Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change that gives health and wellness professionals a framework that provides a systematic way to work with individuals in the work of making positive and lasting lifestyle Change. There is a lifestyle aspect to all health challenges and lifestyle improvement is much easier with allies. For many people their success at lifestyle change is largely determined by how well connected they are to a supportive culture of wellness around them. Healthcare and wellness professionals with wellness coaching skills can effectively guide their clients towards the lifestyle changes prescribed by the physician. The Wellness Mapping 360 certification training provides a structured, proven methodology that effectively supports the individual’s movement toward healthy lifestyle change. These coaching processes work by 1) helping individuals recognize the impact of lifestyle choices on their health, 2) helping people understand the benefits of change, 3) identifying the barriers to change, 4) building skills and providing tools to people, 5) helping individuals realize the need to take self-responsibility for their decision-making and behaviors, 6) helping a person build the self-efficacy and self-care skills they need to effectively self-manage their improvement objectives, and 7) insuring follow through and change with effective accountability methods, 8) and supporting and celebrating positive change. Wellness Mapping 360°© is a model structured to provide both support and measurable outcomes. The Wellness Mapping 360 Process: Assessment & Exploration Personal Wellness Map Accountability & Support Evaluate Progress Measurable Outcomes The Wellness Mapping 360º© "Wellness Coach" Certification A training designed to teach health & wellness professionals to be wellness coaches. Blending the best from the wellness field with the practical and effective skill-base of coaching, Wellness Mapping 360© gives wellness professionals a framework for measurable success. It is a systematic coaching process, based on behavioral change psychology, human motivation, solution-oriented therapy, and professional coaching competencies. It is a holistic approach grounded in practical application. Participants learn how to motivate and support people make lasting lifestyle change. Training Outcomes: Participants gain a foundation in wellness concepts and understanding of the impact of lifestyle on health and wellbeing. Increase the effectiveness of an organizations personnel in their work with clients determined to be "at risk". Participants will demonstrate proficiency in the Wellness Mapping 360º© framework for wellness coaching and the use of the WM360 tools. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to use "Readiness for Change" to support a clients forward movement. Participants will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of "Wellness Coaching skills and their use in Medical Compliance" Participants will become proficient in the Wellness Mapping 360º© framework for wellness coaching and the use of the materials and tools. Participants learn how to create an effective wellness map / plan to move a client from reflection to action using the laser approach Participants will demonstrate proficiency in the Wellness Mapping 360º© framework from prevention to recovery Participants will understand the role of wellness coach in Lifestyle Medicine Participants will demonstrate knowledge of "Readiness for Change" as it applies to major health challenges and the impact of grief on the process. Participants will demonstrate in-depth coaching competencies in support of regaining or maintaining health and for medical compliance Participants will understand their role in various health and wellness organizations.

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Benchmarks of Successful Wellness Programs

Benchmarks of Successful Wellness Programs Capturing on Senior Level Support As you build your program, it's important to understand that senior level support is critical to the success of any worksite health initiative. After all, it's the senior level executives who control the purse strings, the organizational agenda, and all of the communication channels. Because of these realities, succeeding without senior level support is virtually impossible. Creating Cohesive Wellness Teams Because the majority of organizations have become extremely specialized, most decisions are now made in teams. In light of this, to ensure that the health promotion initiative is embraced by all of the major organizational constituents, it is imperative to involve the key players throughout the company. Collecting Data to Drive Health Efforts The third "C" of comprehensive programming is collecting data. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is important to understand that this has been where the major disconnect occurs. Crafting an Operating Plan In most business settings, the annual plan is the vehicle that articulates the strategic direction. Moreover, it is this document against which all progress is ultimately measured. Think about it -- how many successful businesses proceed without a plan? Choosing Appropriate Interventions Once the previous steps have been accomplished, it's time to implement your programs. But before doing so, prudent practitioners would be wise to ask themselves this question: "When it comes to changing behavior, what works and what doesn't?" Creating a Supportive Environment If we have learned anything in the last 25 years, it is this: Supportive environments significantly increase the likelihood that positive changes in health behavior will take place. This is an important benchmark that has been all-to-often overlooked. Fortunately, there are organizations that are doing some amazing things when it comes to creating supportive environments. Consistently Evaluating Outcomes When was the last time you went bowling without using bowling pins? Now take a moment and consider delivering health promotion programs without evaluating. Are you beginning to see the connection? From Larry Chapman & WELCOA

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ROI of Wellness

The Rewards of Wellness Training Real Balance Global Wellness Services llc provides training and consultation to Hospitals & Medical Facilities, EAP programs, Disease Management Companies, Corporate Wellness Programs, Fitness Centers, and all companies wanting to affect health outcomes. Impact the health of your clients or employees where change is really possible. Gain the skills needed to motivate people to make positive lifestyle changes and accomplish goals they never thought possible. RBGWS training gives your staff the mindset, the model and the interpersonal skills to be truly effective at helping people succeed at lasting lifestyle change. Real Balance GWS will work with you to create an Individualized Training Plan that meets your business goals, your employee or client health needs. We can develop a training format that meets your schedule, and your budget. Benefits of Wellness Coach & Lifestyle Change Training? Wellness Professionals find measurable lifestyle improvements in their clients. Managers see a reduction in absenteeism and an increase in productivity. Individuals who participate are happier, healthier and more productive in their lives. Health care providers & disease management companies find medical compliance for lifestyle issues. Administrators and CEO's find a reduction in the cost of health care. Like most healthmanagement initiatives, health & wellness coaching programs are facing increased bottom line scrutiny. Coaching programs need to demonstrate on a variety of levels the positive impact and return on investment their programs will have from a financial and clinical perspective. Structuring an effective ROI calculation is a key to the ongoing success of health coaching initiatives. One of the considerations when looking at impact on reduction in healthcare costs or an increase in employee productivity is what to measure. A few areas that come to mind are: Absenteeism Presenteeism Reduction in Health Risks An increase use of existing wellness programming A decrease in Doctors visits A decrease in accidents Actual change in harmful behaviors An increase in resiliency behaviors The benefits are stacking up and the results are in on Wellness Coaching - read below! Interview with Wellness Coach - Sharon Benedict Interview with Larry Chapman Proof Positive a study about wellness programming by Larry Chapman Health Coaches Slash Medical Spending Below you will find new ROI information Wellness Coaches USA’s On-site Coaching ROI AnalysisDate: January 16, 2009 Wellness Coaches USA announces summary results of an independent analysis conducted by Thomson Healthcare, using their Health & Productivity Management (HPM) Return on Investment Tool (ROI Tool). The ROI Tool, which allows Wellness Coaches USA to forecast the potential impact of its onsite coaching model on future healthcare expenditures and on-the-job productivity, showed that over a period of five years the average ROI was 4 to 1, or $700 per employee.By reducing health risks, health care expenditures can be reduced, and productivity can be increased, leading to a potential return on investment for Wellness Coaches USA customers. Therefore, the ROI Tool helps employers answer the question; “What can I expect to save, and what will be the potential return on my investment?”Summary results from the ROI Tool AnalysisWellness Coaches USA recently used the ROI Tool for a group of 4,000 employees from 8 of its clients with 11 locations in 10 different states, covering a wide variety of industrial classifications. To be included in the sample, each client must have utilized Wellness Coaches USA on-site coaching services for at least 1 full year and administered year over year comparative health risk assessments to its eligible employees. Aggregate data from the health risk assessments was then sent to Thomson Healthcare and entered into their ROI Tool. The ROI Tool is based upon the premise that demographics and health risks influence medical expenditures and productivity at work.The ROI Tool’s savings from health risks produced a forecasted 3.7 to 1 return on investment in the 2nd year, representing absolute dollar savings of $940 per employee ($300 per employee in healthcare costs and $640 per employee in productivity costs). Total program costs were $250 per employee. By the 5th year, the model showed that the forecasted ROI increased to 4.3 to 1, or $1,100 per employee. It should be noted that these ROI and absolute dollar forecasted amounts were based upon current dollar values, without adjusting for any medical cost inflation, or increases in labor costs.New White Paper from WELCOA: Top 5 Strategies to Enhance the ROI of Worksite Wellness Programs... in economically challenging times - by WellSteps Like most population health management initiatives, health coaching programs are facing increased bottom line scrutiny. Health coaching programs need to demonstrate on a variety of levels the positive impact and return on investment their programs will have from a financial and clinical perspective. Structuring an effective ROI calculation is key to the ongoing success of health coaching initiatives. This report highlights five important strategies that can significantly enhance ROI on worksite wellness programs. This is especially important in today’s challenging economy. Top 5 Strategies to Enhance the ROI of Worksite Wellness Programs  

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Individualizing Wellness Through Coaching

Individualizing Wellness Through Coaching Professional Coaching is an on going professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life." -International Coach Federation"   "Wellness is the experience of living life with high levels of awareness, conscious choice, self-acceptance, interconnectedness, love, meaning and purpose. Wellness is the individual's life journey (and our society's larger task) of taking Abraham Maslow's concept of Self-Actualization and applying it to mind, body, spirit and our interconnectedness with other people and our environment." - Michael Arloski, Ph.D.PCC

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