With today’s spiralling worldwide health statistics for both communicable and non-communicable diseases, health coaching is needed now, more than ever. According to the Health Coaches Academy (HCA), health coaching is growing fast in the UK, South Africa and worldwide. Here’s all you need to know about the job.
What Is A Health Coach?
Health Coaches empower individuals to discover the barriers and challenges they are dealing with to improve their health.
Learn more about the five pillars of HCA coaching here.
About Noncommunicable Diseases
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide.
The WHO notes that the “rise of NCDs has been driven by primarily four major risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.
“The epidemic of NCDs poses devastating health consequences for individuals, families and communities, and threatens to overwhelm health systems. The socioeconomic costs associated with NCDs make the prevention and control of these diseases a major development imperative for the 21st century.”
Health coaching is aligned with WHO’s mission “to provide leadership and the evidence base for international action on surveillance, prevention and control of NCDs”.
Non-communicable diseases include cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s and are often referred to as ‘lifestyle’ diseases. According to the WHO, “these are diseases that are directly impacted by our lifestyles and are in many cases preventable.”
Why health coaching is the solution
According to HCA, despite billions being poured into products and services over the last few decades to try and solve spiralling health issues. HCA says it’s only now, when a behavioural change process is being adopted as mainstream within the health industry, that we can see the significant impact health coaching has and the potential it has to prevent and even reverse these issues.
HCA health coaches care deeply about, and have the skills and training, to influence the overall health, wellness and happiness of every client we work with.
Imagine being part of the solution to the rising worldwide health crisis? Imagine having the life, health and wellbeing you want plus a career that gives you joy and freedom? Health coaching provides a vital, new solution to the growing healthcare crisis, with coaches working at the heart of lifestyle, habit and behavioural change.
Learn more about health coaching and the courses HCA offers here.