Does coaching improve health?

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Does coaching improve health?
Does coaching improve health?

This is an important question for 160+ million people in the US, and multiples of that number globally, who have a health risk or chronic condition that can be improved by health-giving habits of mind and body.

It’s also an important question for doctors and healthcare providers, leaders, employers, healthcare systems, health plans, governments, and of course coaches, who are dedicated to improving individual and population health.

It’s an even more important question today because health is declining in the US and globally, mostly caused by unhealthy habits. More than 95% of adults don’t engage in all of the top cardiovascular health habits, 60% of adults have at least one chronic disease, one third of adults and 20% of children are obese, and 114 million adults (46%) have diabetes or pre-diabetes, which can be described as a food-borne disease.

From the Aspen Health Strategy Group earlier this year: The cost of unhealthy lifestyles in the US will add up to $42 trillion between 2016 and 2030 in healthcare costs and lost productivity to employers.

Today’s featured article summarizes a brand new (May, 2019) review of the literature on health and wellness coaching (HWC).

Sforzo, Kaye, Harenberg, Costello, Cobus-Kuo, Rauff, Edman, Frates, Moore. (2019). Compendium of Health and Wellness Coaching: 2019 Addendum. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1559827619850489

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