HEALTH COACH

Best Health - - YOU -

A coach isn’t just for sports — you can now hire a health coach to help you man­age ev­ery­thing from your gen­eral health to your diet, nutri­tion and ex­er­cise goals.

“The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who come to me, who are more se­ri­ous about mak­ing changes, are peo­ple who have had some kind of scare,” says John Kahn, a free­lance phys­i­cal health and nutri­tion coach in Toronto. From a med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis to an acute in­jury, Kahn sees clients who are look­ing to man­age their long-term health through guided nutri­tion and ex­er­cise. He not only meets with clients for a full assess­ment, he also looks over their med­i­cal records to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive plan. For about the cost of a per­sonal trainer ($80 per hour) Kahn coaches his clients us­ing an ev­i­dence-based ap­proach to map and mea­sure their progress to­wards their health goals. But keep in mind, all coaches are not cre­ated equal. There’s a wide range of both med­i­cally fo­cused coaches, such as reg­is­tered nurses who can help pa­tients man­age med­i­ca­tions, and life­style fo­cused coaches, who man­age diet and ex­er­cise. Look for a coach with a health ed­u­ca­tion back­ground or med­i­cal train­ing through a cer­ti­fied or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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