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What is a Health Coach? Insight from SB Wellness Coach and Clients

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What is a Health Coach?

When most of us think of the word coach, our favorite professional sports team, former football coach or our child’s soccer coach comes to mind. We think of a person who pushes you, teaches you skills and guides you to a goal of achieving greatness. In today’s world the word coach has taken some alternate roles and definitions. Many adults are now getting support from executive coaches, relationship coaches and of course health and wellness coaches.

Why a health coach?

A health coach is a distinct profession. Trained and certified health coaches are taught specific strategies, techniques, methodologies and tools to help clients in the process of lifestyle transformation. A health coach is defined as “a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.”

health coach; wellness coaching; behavior change; employee wellness; employee wellness programs; weight management; health coaching SB Wellness Group’s Health Coach, Karli Worthy is exactly that yet so much more. Karli earned her B.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration of Nutrition. She has a Master’s of Science in Health and Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is an integral part of the success of SB Wellness Group’s Weight Management and wellness coaching programs. Karli is passionate about nutrition and health and loves being able to work one-on-one with our clients.


The Many Roles of a Health Coach

If you asked Karli what she does for a living she would probably tell you ‘I’m a weight management program coordinator and health coach.’ What she probably won’t elaborate on is the endless roles this title entails. Karli is so much more than a just coach or an educator. She would likely be described by her various clients as their mentor, their motivator, their teacher, their cheerleader, their adviser, their life saver and often the person who makes them get real with themselves.

One of Karli’s current clients sums it up well: “Karli always spends the extra time to get to know you on more than a surface level.  She really tries to figure out what motivates you and pushes you to be a better and healthier you,” says Stacy Manning, CISA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

A health coach’s job doesn’t end with some instructions and homework at the close of a meeting. Instead, Karli leaves her clients with inspiration, renewed focus, specific goals and intention. In most cases this is followed up with regular reminders, nudges, ‘you can do this’ motivation and small acts of kindness. Part counselor, part educator, part coach and all heart is how we can best describe Karli.

“Where do I start? Karli is real. She has built a very personable relationship with me as I’m sure she has with so many others. She’s always enthusiastic when I visit. She wants to know about you and makes it her business to make sure you’re handling your business when it comes to being healthy. I fall short at times, but she encourages me to keep going and look at it as a stepping stone and learn from it.” – Christine Harden

Through our wellness programming that involves regular, ongoing coaching sessions, Karli is able to guide her clients to lasting change. It is much different from your high school football yelling from the sidelines to run faster and try harder. Instead a health coach pushes you to search within and be your own guide to positive change that you make happen. It’s more about meeting you where you are right now and helping to develop your own goals and path to behavior change.

“Karli has been a fantastic resource for so many things. She makes it easy to stick with the program due to her super positive attitude” -Erin I Castillo, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

What is a Health Coach? Insight from SB Wellness Coach, Karli Worthy

Why did you choose a career in health and wellness coaching?

Karli: “There are two things I love most- overall health and teaching. Trying to find a way to combine the two in day-to-day life was tough until my undergraduate counselor told me about health studies/education. Being able to combine what I already know and continuously learning more about an ever changing topic makes work a lot more fun.”

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Karli: “The most rewarding part of my job is when you see the “light bulb”. When it just clicks for someone! Every hurdle, hill, and tough time we’ve gone through to get to a positive place no longer matters. What matters is, in that moment, we’ve made it.”

What is the hardest part of what you do day-to-day?

Karli: “The hardest part of what I do daily is watching someone else struggle with challenges. I’m an immediate “fixer.” When someone falls back into an old habit, it’s tough. But hearing them come up with a way to fix it? Even better!”

What is your advice to someone thinking about working with a health coach?

Karli: “Creating life changing habits takes a lot of dedication, commitment, and even more time. Your new normal will eventually become your old…in due time! Be ready to fall off the horse and get back on because change is a process. Expect to step outside your comfort zone because this means you’re growing. Some days won’t be easy but in the end it will ALL certainly be worth it.”

SB Wellness Group, Inc.

SB Wellness has been helping businesses develop customized solutions for wellness programs with proven success for more than 21 years. From planning and implementation to screening and data collection, we orchestrate each stage of the wellness development process from start to finish. Contact SB Wellness for more information health coaching and other wellness and disease management programming.

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