A health coach is someone who facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action.
They help clients gain the knowledge, tools and confidence to become active participants in their health (which includes food, stress, relationships, mental health, etc) so they can reach their self-identified health goals.
As a Health-Coach, you can choose your own path and work at your convenience as an entrepreneur, as a partner to Doctors or as a consultant. Some paths you could take are:
IIN (where I became a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach) states that 74% of students launch a health coaching practice before they graduate from IIN (how awesome is that?!). Almost half of those students get paid $100/hour or more for their services and after graduating, that number typically doubles and continues to grow.
IIN takes an ethical approach and recognizes that health coaches are not doctors or nutritionists nor do they want you to pretend to be one. They teach you exactly what is within your scope of practice so that you can best serve your clients ethically and with the greatest impact. See the chart below for more information.
For a while, I was really serious about leaving the corporate world to become a Registered Dietitian. I had accepted that I’d go into debt (and make less money) in order to pursue a more fulfilling career path. I was very close to signing up and going for it. But, my boyfriend said something that really hit me. He asked “do you really need to become an RD to build a business?”. At first this frustrated me. I was like of course I need to be a credentialed dietitian to build a health focused business. But I let it sit with me for a couple days and realized he was totally right. I knew deep down I could 100% build a business without becoming an RD and going into $60,000 worth of debt.
However, I still felt like I wanted some sort of education so that I could really learn how to best help others. I stumbled across the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and was immediately set on enrolling. I actually signed up in less than a week after hearing about it. It was exactly what I was looking for: a program that I could do online so that I could keep my income coming in while I built my business, a program that understood health is about so much more than just food, and a program that was insanely affordable!
I had already started this blog before IIN and knew I wanted to share the message of intuitive eating but felt like I needed a credential and education to back me up. I haven’t second guessed my decision to enroll once.
IIN is about so much more than food. They actually teach you that food is SECONDARY to a healthy life. If you are like most people I know, you’re constantly striving to eat the perfect diet. Diet culture convinces us that if we eat “perfectly”, then we will have perfect health. But, that is sooo not true. You can eat all the kale and avocados in the world and still not be healthy if you are not making space for self-care, loving relationships, mental health, career fulfillment, etc.
Since enrolling in IIN, I have been able to monetize my blog, create online courses like The Subtle Art of Food Freedom, coach amazing women 1:1, speak on podcasts and impact people more than I could have imagined.
Health coaching might be the right career path for you if you:
If this sounds like you, then take your passion to the professional level by becoming a Certified Health-Coach!
The Health Coaching Certification Program at IIN is entirely online so you can do it on your own schedule. The program teaches you how to work with clients 1:1, create group programs and hold events and workshops at corporate offices, etc.
The concepts they teach are definitely cutting-edge and modern which you can’t find in a traditional nutrition program.
You can download IIN’s full curriculum guide here!
As an IIN ambassador, I’m able to offer you a MAJOR discount on the program!!
All you have to do is mention you were referred by Madison Surdyke and email me after you sign up at [email protected]!
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