Just got off my graduation conference call. It’s official! I am now a Certified Holisitic Health Coach, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). And I could not be any more excited about my new career and what lies ahead during my continuing health coaching journey. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful individuals all of whom, with the help of an inspirational and fun health coach, have made significant improvements in their health and wellness. It’s such a joy to watch as they regain self confidence, lose weight, learn to make healthier choices for themselves and their families, and truly start to enjoy life again. Helping people is my passion and I’m so thankful to have found a career where I can do just that. Over the past year, I have changed as a person – I have learned to journey through life with greater intent; to spend more time doing what I love and enjoy; and not to sweat the small stuff. My past year at IIN has made me a better wife, mother, friend, and health coach.
So, what the heck is a health coach anyway? You’re not the only one who is wondering. I get this question at least three times a week from people I encounter in my activities of daily living. So I thought, on the day of my graduation, this would be an opprotunity to share with you who I am and what I do as a health coach.
There are a few different terms you may hear pertaining to my area of work – certified holistic health counselor (or coach) also known as a CHHC; health coach or health counselor (HC); and certified health coach (CHC). They all mean basically the same thing and the titles may be used interchangeably to some degree.
So who am I? I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, volunteer, health coach, triathlete, IRONMAN, entrepreneur, pianist, avid reader, former pharmaceutical rep, biology/chemistry major, and so much more!
And what do I do? I help people. It’s my passion. I help clients with a variety of issues surrounding their individual health and wellness goals, issues that they would like to focus on such as weight loss, balancing blood sugars, busting the sugar blues, increasing energy, managing insulin resistance, and making healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their loved ones.
What do my clients gain? And think of me? Who better to share than my clients:
“Heather, after working with you, I’m in a much healthier place, making better choices. I truly enjoyed learning from you and your creativity in planning what works best for me and my schedule. My weight is down and my energy is up. I’m making better food choices – more organic, less meat, almost no sugar, reduced my caffeine intake and increased my water intake. My anxiety about cancer reoccurrence has decreased and with my increased energy I am a better wife and mom. Heather, I loved meeting with you!” (Kara V., Brookfield area).
“Working with Heather has been a blessing for my family. She has been teaching me about making healthy choices but not just for me. She is showing me how to incorporate these choices into ways the whole family can benefit. After Heather’s initial evaluation of my needs, we have been working on eliminating sugar, soda, and bad fats while increasing water intake, greens, and healthy snacking choices. Heather has offered me lots of options so I have choices. The great thing about Heather’s approach is that she doesn’t just tell me what I should do or give me hours of reading material. She really listens and gives me options that will work with my life. Heather presents relevant information that is easy to understand. It is one thing to tell someone what they need to do. It is another to give them a road map of how to do it. Heather’s style is one of teaching and supporting me through the changes I need to make to live a healthier life. She has been very motivating in my quest and she is really FUN to work with. And, isn’t it always better to have fun? I think so.” (Tanya S., Miwaukee area).
“Before I started working with you, I was in the process of losing weight and had met with a dietician a couple times. The dietician had provided me some helpful guidelines but you, Heather, helped me take my health to the next level. You taught me so much about greens, grains, and proteins and how to make them which made it easier to incorporate them into my daily life. Your collection of recipes gave me the choice of what I thought I’d enjoy the most. I have been so overjoyed to learn that eating healthy can be so fun and really taste great! I truly benefited from the on-on-one counseling with you. Not only did I learn a lot from you, but you have been FUN to work with. Heather, you have a glowing personality that is positive, contagious, and uplifiting. Your encouragement made me feel like I had a number one fan staing in my corner for my health, and for me as a person all around. I wish I could keep you as my health and life coach forever. I feel blessed to have worked with you. All your tips on food, vitamins, pre & post workouts, grocery shopping, food storage, exercising, water…and the list goes on…will be forever valuable to me. Learing about health and wellness is really endless. Thank you Heather for all your time, help and support! I know you are going to help so many people in your future, enriching their lives. Thank you for being such a positive role model in mine!” (Krissy N., Jefferson area).
And that is what truly warms my heart more than anyone will every know – the kind words of clients who have found great benefit from my coaching. It’s a pleasure to share my knowledge, dedication, inspiration, and resources with others and I look forward to continuing to empower, educate, balance and instill belief for many years to come.
Feel free to share my website (www.betterhealthbyheather.com) and blog (www.betterhealthbyheather.wordpress.com) with others. Coming very soon will be my exciting new website which will integrate my site and blog into one!