What a Health and Wellness Coach Can Do For Employees, SentryHealth

Employee health management solutions are designed to improve and promote overall health. Often, a key component of a robust program is health coaching. In fact, studies show that when people work with a health coach, they overcome bad habits and improve their health. Now, let’s look at how coaching can be an asset to you and your employees. 

What is a health coach? 

According to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a health coach “is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who helps others feel their best through individualized food and lifestyle changes that meet their unique needs and health goals.” Essentially, they motivate by educating and guiding your workforce.  

Why is it important to include a coach as part of a greater employee health strategy? 

Coaching is an integral part of successful employee health strategy. Coupled with chronic disease management programs, coaching supports behavior change to prevent and manage chronic disease. Therefore, coaching is important because it teaches participants how to achieve and sustain positive behavior change. 

According to research in Family Practice Management, a health coach can serve in one or more of the following important roles:  

  • Self-Management Support | Coaches teach employees how to adopt healthy lifestyle changes to better self-manage their condition. They provide education on conditions, strategies for self-management, and problem-solving tactics.
  • Bridge the Gap | Coaches bridge the gap between the employee and their doctor. They ensure that employees understand their care and answer questions. Also, they provide ongoing support and guidance between doctor visits.
  • Health Care Navigation | Coaches help employees navigate the health care system. They can coordinate care and speak up on behalf of employees when needed.
  • Emotional Support | Coaches offer emotional support to help employees overcome challenges and continue on their journey to better health. 
  • Continuity | Coaches regularly connect with employees to ensure they establish trust, familiarity, and continuity. 

What are the benefits to employees? 

Mayo Clinic study shows that health coaching improves quality of life, depressive symptoms, and perceived stress levels. As a result, employees who take advantage of health coaching are more likely to improve their health in a positive, sustainable way. 

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At SentryHealth, we combine the power of a high-touch, integrated health care model with a seasoned team of clinical, financial, and engagement experts. Employees benefit from personalized guidance to achieve their specific goals and support behavior change. Through our integrated health management solution, WellOnMyWay, employees accomplish sustainable lifestyle changes and positive clinical outcomes. Contact us to learn more.