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As weight problems rates, health-care expenses, and an emphasis on prevention all increase, so does the wellness realm: It's set to be the next trillion-dollar market, according to information from personal marketing research firm Women's Marketing Inc., in partnership with Rodale (the publisher of Women's Health). It's no wonder that wellness coaching is one of the fastest-growing locations of the overall coaching industry.
And there's the catch: Since the specialized is still reasonably new, there's no organization that guarantees all wellness coaches get proper training and adhere to standardsor requires them to have any credentials. Anyone can hang out their shingle as a wellness coachthe mama who has read a few books about nutrition, the fitness instructor at the fitness center, or your multilevel-marketing Facebook friend who's constantly hawking supplements.
"The word wellness is quite vague, so that might contribute to the problemand there's a danger that unqualified coaches could do more damage than good," states Webster. Here's how to work with the best person. "Respectable coaches are interested in having a dialogue with your health-care provider," says integrative medication physician Pamela Yee, M.D.
"They need to be able to explain what they do and why they do itand it should not be about prescribing you a program," states Moore. "The point of training is to help you find your individualized path to health," states Moore. "If a coach is offering something, they want you to take their path." "Inquire what they found out in training, and just how much hands-on practice they received.
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