Wellness is one of today’s fastest growing industries and IWE’s Certified Wellness Coaches are perfectly positioned to make a difference. The industry is growing, and so is the demand for Wellness Coaches. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation is projected to grow 25% more quickly than the average occupation over the next several years.
With more than 75% of healthcare costs due to preventable diseases related to lifestyle behaviors1, individuals, employers, and community organizations want and need solutions now.
Individuals want help from people they can trust, people who make them feel heard and understood, and who can help them reach goals they define as important, not some kind of expensive clinician or expert who has their own agenda about what’s right for the person. Employers want a solution for improving the well-being of their employees.
Communities, such as faith-based groups, schools, and other local organizations, want to make sure that they are serving their members. A big part of that service is helping members achieve optimum well-being because that’s what helps create a vital, thriving community.
Wellness Coaches can be deployed in a range of situations:
In Hospitals, Residential Care facilities and Physican’s offices: As Follow-up support for doctors and patients to help patients adhere to prescribed regimens for treatment and prevention
Health Insurance Companies: To help companies reduce their medical costs
In Private Practice: To help people work through their wellness aspirations
Health Clubs and Gyms: As a follow up to personal training
In Offices and bases: To be a local resource for Wellness related issues, “at the coalface” to help organize wellness related activities for their colleagues to create a healthier and more resilient workforce
According to Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, we must move from a system that treats sickness and disease to a system that promotes wellness and prevention. Our goal must be to “increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life” by creating a system that recognizes that health isn’t just what happens in doctors’ offices, but “occurs where we live, where we learn, where we work, where we play and where we pray.”
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