Is Certified Health Coach Training in Your Future?

Undergoing a certified health coach training program can be very rewarding. There are many things in store for you if you decide to pursue the health and wellness industry as a health coach but before anything else, you have to know what a health coach exactly is, what his responsibilities are and what is expected of a good and health and wellness coach.

A health coach is someone who is tasked to help people in efficiently managing their health conditions and even some illnesses. Most of these conditions are chronic and are hard to handle. When you are a health coach, you are expected to guide your client in properly addressing and discovering their own strength to deal with lifestyle and behavior changes. You are not tasked with diagnosing an illness or becoming a substitute for a physician’s care.

A good wellness coach undergoes certified health coach training which provides a framework which they can use to assist their clients in identifying issues, concerns and problems. These issues are often hindrances that stop the client from taking full responsibility of different lifestyle and health changes that he or she should do to achieve wellness goals.

Like all other forms of coaching, being a health coach requires you to utilize various forms of goals for a particular purpose, identify obstacles as well as become a personal support system for your client. The relationship that you build with your client has an accountability nature and is focused on achieving overall wellness goals that are defined early on. The client defines these goals with the guidance from the health coach.

There are many definitions of what a health and wellness coach really is. Some scientists describe a coach as one who practices health promotion and education in a schooling and instruction context and aims to promote the well-being of his or her clients. Achievement of different health-related goals, most commonly losing or gaining weight, is also facilitated by the coach.

A good coach motivates behavior change in order to make it easier for the client to change his or her lifestyle in order to achieve a clearly stated set of health goals. Client-centered counseling is also expected since it is a good form of eliciting change in behavior of the clients.

Clients who require health coaches are often ready for change, which significantly decreases their ambivalence for lifestyle changes. However, they might meet obstacles along the way and may need their coaches to help them get back on track.

Health and wellness coaching is different from other types of coaching since it does not instruct clients what to do, but rather help them overcome obstacles and motivate them in case they lose hope in the middle of the change or simply get tired of the lifestyle changes that they need to do.

The core principles that govern health coaching include encouragement, motivation and health attention. The atmosphere that is set within every session with a coach is directed to the client and on different ways of paving the way to self discovery and self motivation in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Ann Totten has always been interested in all areas of health and health education. She has a passion for helping others achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations. To learn more about Ann Totten and health coach training Click Here.

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A Psychologist’s Suggestions For Improving Your Health Insurance

Health insurance company earnings were released, showing billion dollar profits by the major insurance companies. Despite these earnings, all of the insurance companies continue to increase their premiums on an annual basis. I am writing as a small business owner, health care provider, and health care consumer to describe my concerns about health insurance abuses.

As a small business owner, the annual 15% to 45% health insurance premium rate increases are unaffordable. Each year, as our employees age, we reduce benefits to afford minimal health coverage. As health consumers, our care is inferior and restricted by insurance company bureaucracy, and we have additional increased out of pocket costs. Just this past week, it was reported on how health insurers have posted billion dollar profits, at the cost of reduced care for the insured. How is this fair? It is time to remove the anti-trust exemption that protect insurance companies, and permits them to abuse the public.

As a health care provider, my income has systematically been reduced, as insurance companies increasingly dictate the care I provide, the fees I receive etc. Additionally, we have been forced to spend more time and money on hiring administrative staff to deal with insurance company errors, obfuscation, and refusal to pay for things that they must. Thus, health insurance companies increase health care costs tremendously simply through their administrative harassment of health care providers. As an example, I counted more than 200 claim errors from one insurance company in one year. This meant that over 200 hours were spent rectifying insurance company errors! Resolution of the problem only occurred after I sought assistance through Congressman Pascrell’s office (for which I am immensely grateful). It is no surprise that private insurance administrative costs of 35 to 40% are way higher than those of Medicare, which are 3 to 5%. This high rate of administrative costs is unacceptable, and insurance accountability must be implemented.

In my quest to resolve the high rate of insurance company errors, I learned that insurance companies routinely employ personnel to deal with bad publicity. They employ entire departments to deal with legislators and the public. They spend unknown amounts of money on advertising and lobbying. In this time of economic distress, and with so many problems funding proper health care, what are insurance companies doing spending so much money on advertising and public relations? Who is looking into the huge burden they add to rising health care costs through all of their administrative errors, public relations gambits, advertising, etc?

In the early 1990s, I joined several health insurance panels as a participating provider. Initially, the insurers offered reasonable fees, I signed up, hoping to be part of the solution to the country’s health care woes. Within two years, our fees were slashed dramatically. I maintained provider participation with a few panels whose rates were acceptable. Although I dropped out of the lower paying plans (whose compensation would have left me with an income that is similar to the starting salary of a teacher), it was amazing how my name remained in their list of participating providers (a phenomenon known as the “phantom panel”). In all of these years, the fee has never been raised in the few panels in which I remained. In contrast, my medical health insurance rates have risen dramatically, as have my rents, taxes, utilities, malpractice insurance, etc.

There is something wrong in a society when the healers, who require great educational training, are paid at far lower rates than those that deny health care, as is the case with the insurance company executives. Their compensation packages are in the millions of dollars each year, while the health care providers struggle to maintain a middle class standard of living. Health insurance companies contribute to the spiraling, out of control health care crisis.

In my opinion, any successful health care reform must include:

1. Limits on the compensation of insurance executives (in the same way that incomes of all medical health providers have been reduced).

2. Financial limits on insurance company expenditures on lobbying, advertising and public relations efforts. Those funds need to be re-directed towards actual health care.

3. Insurance companies exemption from anti-trust regulations must be eliminated.

4. Insurance company accountability and reduction of their claims processing errors and administrative costs must be reduced so that they fall in line with that of Medicare (3 to 5%). Stringent penalties need to be assessed upon insurance companies that fail to follow this ruling.

Dr. Tamara Sofair-Fisch is a psychologist with practices in West Orange, New Jersey and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She, and her husband (also a psychologist), specialize in relationship problems, parenting issues, spiritual growth, anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress management and provide individual, family, marital/couples and group psychotherapy for these and many other issues. For more information, please visit their psychology practice in Central, NJ [http://www.emotionalsolutions.net] website.

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HEALTHFUL TIPS 101 – For Holistic Living

Hello to you all,

Australia is one of the many western societies becoming a place of obsessive, poor nutrient over-eating; many Australians have poor time management coupled with misguided incentives and misinformation, health has been put in the back of our minds. The health of our western culture is decreasing rapidly. More influence from the drug companies is steering many toward artificial and short term answers. Weight loss surgery and weight loss pills are becoming the norm in our society. Pharmaceutical companies are pumping out millions of pills to the unsuspecting public to merely treat the “symptoms”* of poor health related deficiencies and all the while multiple negative reactions cause many to go through the whole process again months or even weeks or days later to receive more “Bandaid Solutions”*.

This article presents a practical approach to achieving and maintaining Optimum health

• NUTRITION; Your knowledge and wisdom
With the weather as erratic as it is around the globe, cooling down to the chills of autumn (fall) and winter, or heating up to the searing temperatures of hot summer days it is important to be feeding the body with the right amount of HEALTHY, FRESH and ORGANIC nutrition to support a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Eat into some fresh homemade vegetable soups which are quickly absorbed into the body due to their already liquid state. Fresh fruits are also a staple part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle as well as lean and organic meats from chicken and beef to fish and other extremely lean game meats which are exceptionally high in protein and Iron whilst very low in fat.

Most local fresh food markets (NOT SUPERMARKETS) are a great source of healthy nutrient rich food and you can enjoy the atmosphere with a friend over a healthy lunch. If you are unable to make it to the markets and your only choice is the supermarket, then I encourage you to do your shopping from around the outside edge of the shop, where all the freshest vegetables, meats, dairy and fresher bread are kept. Purchase or even grow (if you can) some herbs and spices to enhance the flavour of your meals as well as increase the amount of minerals in your diet. Minerals help the body absorb all the vitamins which work to build better a overall health.

With my experience in the health and Fitness industry i have recognised that very rarely do many of my clients focus on, take note of or are even aware of state of interior health, yet only later after the health has destabilised to the point of illness or disease do many recognise it in their lack of energy, motivation, fluctuating weight (not always increased) and lastly decreased health status.

Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself and answering…honestly!

1. Are you concerned with the amount of toxins and chemicals in your environment?
2. Do you feel you get enough nutrition from the food you currently eat?
3. Do you eat organic produce?
4. Do you currently get a sound 8 hours sleep every night?
5. Do you feel alert every morning when you wake?
6. Do you have a hard time losing weight?
7. Do you consume coffee, tea, sugar, candy or similar products to give you a boost during the day?

• More than 65 insecticides, pesticides and herbicides can be found on everyday produce purchased at the market?
• More people today are reliant on outside stimulants to get through the day, caffeine being the biggest culprit
• Most of us currently have a scheduled maintenance for our car, our home air conditioner, water systems and even our pools; but we are not always as diligent with our own internal maintenance.

“Education and Not Medication Is the Key To Optimum, Sustainable Health & Wellness”

You see then, the biggest issue (pardon the pun) for many people this day and age in our western societies isn’t just a lack of fitness, motivation, determination but also a lack of real and life giving knowledge and education when it comes to healthy nutrition and sustainability. As a health professional I believe and promote a holistic approach to a complete and sustainable lifestyle. Health professionals should be educating clients and patients toward a holistic and complete lifestyle through adequate nutrition and exercise. I firmly believe that education and not medication is the key to an optimum, sustainable health and wellness.

• EXERCISE; Your healthy motivation to achieve!

The days are gone when:

1. A simple walk around the block was the motivation to go to the shops and buy the milk and bread. Instead Today: driving to the shops in the car is much more time efficient.
2. A game of football, cricket or soccer in the street was interrupted by passing cars and the milkman! Instead Today: interrupted by a new game for the “simulated game console”
3. A rainy day was spent inside playing cards, building miniature battle grounds in the bedroom, a game of monopoly or scrabble Instead Today: hours spent in front of the 100cm plasma playing the latest software game
4. The tired parent preparing a simple meal consisting a platter of fresh carrots, celery, cheese, tomato, capsicum, cucumber, beetroot, apples, bananas, nuts, bread rolls, sliced ham and turkey… and that is just what I can remember from when I was 5yrs old. Instead Today: order FATTY, OVERCOOKED, UNHEALTHY TAKE AWAY

These are just a few examples of the changes which I have noticed in the Australian western cultured background of the last 30 years and I grew up in a large family where everyone who could; played soccer, gymnastics, cricket, basket ball, hockey, volleyball, tennis, AFL, rugby league, rugby union..you name it we played it either competitively or in a backyard, quiet street capacity. Exercise has been left in the dark and only the committed, sport goal oriented, individuals remain. Otherwise it is those committed to some sort of weekly fitness program with a personal trainer. To those who don’t have a personal trainer and last longer than 12 months, striving for above average health…congratulations. I’m talking about those who may be in the category of gold passes to their local gym, I’m talking about those who step outside at any time of the year and participate in some sort of exercise regimen or personal health interest.

1. What makes you tick, is it coffee or endorphins?
2. What food did you eat as a child, was it chocolate cake or fruit?
3. How many times can you run around the block without getting tired?
4. Have you been inspired to go for a walk, ride, run or swim in the last 30 days?
5. Have you just eaten so much food that you feel lethargic?
6. How many times have you been sick this year?
7. How many times did you get sick last year?

NOTE: This is the beginning of my Global Campaign: HOLISTIC LIVING; this is the first of my Monthly “Holistic Healthful Tips”

I will continue to place them in the same category HEALTH AND FITNESS; NUTRITION

I am happy to take feedback from any of my articles and invite all to print and share these with those who they feel need some inspiration and encouragement.

I am goal driven and that goal is Holistic Global Health through education and training. I have witnessed many regions of Australia and the Pacific where the general health status is extremely poor and I believe this can be remedied with the right approach. Too many times it is believed that money is the answer to all of our problems. I would like to share a quote which i believe sums it up.

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he’ll live forever” Arrested Development.

I have begun building a Global Referral Network of experienced, highly qualified health Professionals who are passionate about addressing the root cause of our global health crisis. many of my clients need to be taught what is a healthy nutrition and what is not. If you are passionate about good health and even a goal driven Health Professional please feel free to contact me and I will send you a information pack. Join a Global Referral Network of Health Professionals, so as to share your knowledge and gain some more. Through these many articles I hope I can influence a greater attitude and make aware the real need for education and training, when it comes to achieving and maintaining good health…for life!

I sincerely wish you the best in life and pray for many to join me in this quest.

in health and wellness,

Mr Daniel Clementine

Qualifed Health and Fitness Professional
MASTER TRAINER
Canberra,
Australian Capital Territory
Australia

For more information on how to improve your Health
healthylife1@live.com.au

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Why a Private Health Cover Comparison is Important

Health insurance is very important to have. So many people obtain costly medical bills as a result of not having health insurance when it is needed. Possessing health insurance ensures that individuals are able to receive the medical treatment that they need at an affordable cost. So many people are looking for the health cover that will provide the most benefits at the most affordable price. It is necessary for individuals to obtain a private health cover comparison in order to find the plan that is best for them.

The health funds benefit that is chosen by individuals can vary because of a number of factors. Not everyone needs or wants a certain level of health insurance coverage. Having the option to pick the cover level that is most suited to individual or family health needs is an asset which is why a private health cover comparison is important. There are a variety of cover levels which include basic and top hospital and basic and supplemental cover options. Each of these plans offers a certain amount of monetary payment for medical services. When deciding upon a cover it is best to research the health cover policy and perform a private health cover comparison for each level in order to choose the plan that provides the desired coverage at the most affordable price. Many companies are willing to provide a thorough brochure of all services covered via their website for each level of health cover.

Choosing a company that has the best cover for health expenses takes time and consideration. Individuals should be willing to research the different companies which offer plans in their region. This can be done easily via the internet by conducting a private health cover comparison. Prior to committing to a company for coverage it is best to contact the company and to determine which hospitals and doctors are contracted to accept the applicable benefits. Likewise, fully understanding the cover products will ensure that the correct level is purchased. People that have families or health concerns may be more interested in a more comprehensive plan as opposed to the basic cover. Also, there are some individuals that may find supplemental cover to be suitable for closing any gaps in medical expenses that could occur. The selection of a medical plan is something that must be suited to the individual.

Furthermore, understanding the terms and conditions of any plan for health expenses is important. Prior to choosing the desired health insurance, it is necessary that individuals comprehend what is covered and how if affects the overall cost this can be done with a through a thorough private health cover comparison. Many of the top plans may provide private rooms upon hospitalization and differing choices for treatment depending on whether medical service is obtained from a public or private hospital. In addition, there are some insurance that have waiting periods for those have pre-existing conditions such as pregnancy. This should be noted when applying for insurance in order to avoid issues concerning payment of medical bills. Noting the excess amounts, co-payments and possible exclusions to a private health insurance is recommended for understanding what is being purchased.

Taking the time to perform a private health cover comparison from a number of companies will ensure that the correct policy is obtained to suit medical needs.

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Why Use Health Monitoring Systems

Many people think that their health is something only their doctors should be worried about. After all, they are the experts and they are the ones who know what to do if they should find something wrong with you. However, you should take charge of your health as well by taking the time to monitor your health. In just minutes a day, you can find out where your health is at and then take the appropriate steps. Your doctor can’t be with you every day, but you can check up on yourself, helping to spot problems before they become bigger problems.

Take Control of Your Health

You are in control of your health. While it might seem easier to simply wait for your next doctor’s appointment to find out whether you are healthy, you can often go for years without seeing a doctor. Or you might not have insurance, so you avoid going to the doctor as much as possible. In any case, you can be the one to check up on your health when you use a health monitoring system. By taking a few minutes out of each day to assess your health, you can begin to see whether you are doing all you can for your body and for the future of your health. Not only can you take control of your health, but you can be the one to make changes to your lifestyle. Instead of having a doctor tell you what to do, you can make your own changes and you can see the results on your health monitoring program. No longer do you need to feel like your health is handed off to a stranger. Your health is in your hands again.

Watch Current Health Problems

If you already have some health problems to deal with, health monitoring may already be second nature. However, with an additional health monitoring system, you can quickly find out if your body is having troubles with medications or with other treatments. You can see the results on your computer screen, allowing you to decide whether you need to speak with your doctor or not. Some people will find that this system works as another member of their health team, allowing them to have an objective opinion of their health and what they need to do about it – if anything. Though you might not be able to monitor the disease specifically, all conditions will affect different parts of the body. So, if one part of the body is out of sync, then you might want to look to the rest of your body for illness.

Spot Hidden Diseases with Health Monitoring

Some days, you might not feel good. You might brush it off as something you ate or the fact that you didn’t get enough sleep. And while these things may be true, if you’re been feeling bad for a while now, this might be a signal of something more significant happening in your body. Often, your body slowly gives signs of illness and disease, signs so subtle and so easy to write off. With regular health monitoring, you will find that you not only notice those signs, but you will also be able to watch them as they get better or worse. If you notice these signs just aren’t improving, no matter what you’ve done, that might be a sign of a larger medical problem. And while you might not want to think of being sick, sometimes this is the case – and there is plenty you can still do when it’s early in the disease.

You Should Monitor Your Health Daily
With Health Snapshot, you will get a full assessment of your health, with seven different measurement points, in just five minutes. But if those changes still don’t make a difference to your Health Snapshot values, it’s time to get additional help to get healthy.

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Mental Health Coverage and Health Insurance

There are millions of people that require the services of mental health professionals but are unable to access these resources because of the lack of funds. The cost of services can be very costly particularly if one has to pay for this type of helping service without the aid of insurance. For those individuals that are in the market for health insurance it is recommended that a policy that includes the coverage is selected. Having the ability to seek the counsel of a mental health professional and receive assistance paying for these services is very beneficial as one can never know when this type of service will be needed.
One of the main ways that people pay for mental health coverage is through a health insurance plan. There are many plans that include coverage for mental health services. However, whether this coverage is commonplace or an optional benefit varies. Most of the more comprehensive plans do allow an insured individual to seek mental health services, but in many cases the coverage for these services varies based on the number of visits that the individual accumulates. The coverage is usually a percentage of the cost of the mental health service per number of visits. For example, the individual will have to pay 20% coinsurance for the first five sessions after meeting a deductible. As the number of visits to a mental health professional increases the coinsurance amount that the individual is responsible for will steadily increase. Eventually an individual with health insurance will at least pay for half of the services that are received while the company pays for the remaining half. Under some plans there are lifetime limits on the amount of coverage that the health insurance will provide for psychiatric services. Anyone considering the use of these services should speak to their health insurance provider to receive detailed coverage information.

An additional coverage option for mental health services is a medical savings account also known as a MSA. A medical savings account is a savings account where individuals can place funds to pay for medical expenses. This type of account is usually used in conjunction with high deductible insurance plans. An individual can place funds into this account for medical expenses and will not incur any taxes. This money can be used for any health related expense except for the payment of premiums so it is an option for those looking for a way to pay for services.

Even if you’re self-employed, many states are now requiring that the coverage provided by health insurance companies be just as comprehensive as physical health coverage. This will help to alleviate the financial stress that can be caused when trying to pay for these services. It is always best to inquire about the mental health coverage options attached to a health insurance policy. Having this type of coverage is necessary as one never knows when it will be needed.

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