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    “Branding Wellness Coaching” Creating Name Recognition for the Profession

    michaelstaircase3What is the promise of wellness and health coaching?
    What do wellness and health coaches have to achieve to get the title?
    What does the consumer get?

      Imagine a public that has a clear idea of the answers to all three of these questions. Imagine a public that is familiar enough with wellness and health coaching to know what it is and whether they (personally) want it right now. Imagine a public familiar enough with what wellness and health coaching can do that they can recommend it to friends, ask for it from their healthcare provider, and even expect it when, for example, their diabetes education or cardiac rehabilitation is finished.

      As I flew to Orlando to be a keynote panelist at the Health Coaching Executive Forum I found an article in the Southwest Airlines on board magazine entitled “Rebrand Nurses”. The author, Jay istock_000005107511xsmallHeinrichs, put forth the problem of how what we call a “nurse” can be anyone from a person with a two-year degree to someone with their doctorate in nursing. Most men don’t even consider becoming nurses because of how “nurses” are viewed. Highly qualified nurses are fast filling vital roles in the healthcare world and yet we have no way to distinguish them by title. I found this interesting article also relevant to wellness coaching field. We have all sorts of people with highly diverse backgrounds and training calling themselves and being called “wellness coaches” or “health coaches”. Some have completed training from ICF accredited training programs and have added specific training in wellness coaching to their preparation (such as that offered through Real Balance Global Wellness Services). Others have listened to a CD and read a book, or simply been told by their supervisor that they are no longer only a nurse, health educator or dietician, they have been magically transformed into a “wellness coach”!

      So I wondered how the author would pursue this problem?

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      The Health Coaching Executive Forum

      The Health Coachinphonecoachg Executive Forum in Orlando was a “small but mighty” conference bringing together some of the field’s leading thinkers with executives and coaches from across the health industry. The Keynote Panel kicked off the event with a unified presentation Examining Evidence-Based Core Coaching Competencies that Support Quality Coaching to Clarify Today’s Confusing Landscape in Healthcare”. Despite t he daunting task they managed to cover it well and began by exploring the pressing question of standardization and credentialing for wellness and health coaches. Panelists included Margaret Moore of Wellcoaches, Michael Arloski of Real Balance Global Wellness Services llc, Karen Lawson of The University of Minnesota, and Ruth Wolever of Duke University.

      The panel conveyed that there is a solid foundation for wellness coaching based in psychological theory and mounting evidence that this manner of working with people is both grounded and effective. The potential service that wellness coaching can provide to the medical community is huge and greater assurance that wellness coaches do indeed possess the competencies to help patients/clients succeed at lasting lifestyle change will further their acceptance and use. The panel presented that we need to be training wellness coaches who are competent at all the various aspects of : 1. Building Growth Promoting Relationships; 2. Eliciting Motivation; 3. Increasing Positivity; and 4. Facilitating Constructive Development.
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      Educational Webinars & Trainings & Connections

      Wellness Mapping 360 "Wellness & Health Coach" Certification Training - Classes begin in January!! Register Now for a 2010 Training and Save! Join other health & wellness professionals and add Wellness and Health Coaching competencies to your existing skills. Become a Lifestyle Change Advocate! 2010 Wellness Coach Trainings (download)1-866-568-4702 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.realbalance.com

        IDWellness Lunch & Learn Webinars - (1 hour each Friday over the lunch hour) In the October 16th, 2009 webinar Dr. Michael Arloski presented "Astonishing Non-compliance" - the psycho-emotional side of readiness for change in the health challeged individual. You can view this webinar and others at www.idwellness.org

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          michaelaspen1National Wellness Institute Webinar with Dr. Michael Arloski

          Health & Wellness Coaching - Competencies for Healthcare & Wellness Professionals

          On November 19th (Noon - 1pm est) Dr. Michael Arloski presented a webinar about Coaching Competencies that serve to strengthen the healthcare and wellness professionals ability to support positive lifestyle change. As an added value he also briefly over-viewed his psycho-emotional understanding of readiness for change in the health challenged individual - Astonishing Noncompliance. His presentation and the lively dialog can be purchased and viewed in its entirety at www.nationalwellness.org.

          Health & Wellness Coaching - Competencies for Healthcare & Wellness Professionals

          Below you will find the pdf's of the presentation slides used in the webinar. To find the webinar in its entirety visit www.nationalwellness.org.

          Health & Wellness Coaching - Competencies Presentation (download)

          Astonishing Noncompliance Presentation (download)

          Coaching Competencies for Wellness Professionals Presentation (download)


          Healtturmerich Benefits of Turmeric: Turmeric is one of nature's most powerful healers. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India Ayurvedic and Asian medicine to treat fevers, stomach aches and cuts. The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. Daily Turmeric consumption is one of the reasons cancer researchers suspect India’s rate for breast, colon, prostate and lung cancer is much lower than in the United States.

          Turmeric is native to Asia, where it grows as a perennial flowering plant. The aboveground and underground roots are used to produce turmeric powder for medicinal and food uses. With its distinct golden hue, turmeric is used as a food color and as a spice or flavor enhancer. Of note, turmeric is one of the principle ingredients in curry powder. The active ingredient in turmeric is a substance known as curcumin, which belongs to the family of curcuminoid compounds.

          Research Shows Astonishing Disease Fighting Power of Turmeric

          Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, a professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been studying the spice for several decades.

          “It has enormous potential. It is safe. It has been around for a long, long time; and for the first time, I think we have evidence that it may be working as well, “ he said.

          Turmeric holds a high place in Ayurvedic medicine as a "cleanser of the body" and today science is finding a growing list of disease conditions which turmeric's active ingredient heals. Broad interest in curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects is increasing. Hundred’s of laboratory and animal studies have shows that the substance curcumin (in turmeric) kills a wide variety of cancer cells including colon, breast, prostate, pancreatic, brain and melanoma and slows tumor growth as well. The preclinical research has taken the spice from the lab to the clinic.

          “ We have shown that a wide variety of tumor cells can be selectively killed by curcumin, and it does not kill the normal cells but will kill only the cancer cells. There are no known side affects in people,” he said.

          Aggarwal said he has gradually given cancer patients up to 500 mg a day without side affects. While phase 1 & II clinical trials have been small, 40 have been completed and 40 more are ongoing. Aggarwal believes the spice has a promising future as an inexpensive, nontoxic cancer preventative agent and treatment.

          “We are of the opinion that inflammation causes cancer, and if you can inhibit inflammation, you can prevent or even treat cancer. We have found that spices are some of the best anti-inflammatory agents available,” Aggarwal said.
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