Certified Wellness Coach (Level 1)
Take Charge of YOUR Life and Help Others, Too.
What if you had powerful, easy-to-use tools that could make achieving health and wellness dreams a reality?
- Need to lose weight?
- Blood pressure or cholesterol higher than it should be?
- Feel stressed out?
- Want to cut back on smoking or drinking?
- Relationship issues getting you down?
- Wish you had more time to do more of what you want?
- Frustrated trying to help others and getting no where?
- Want to do something positive for family, friends, patients or colleagues, and community, but don’t know how or where to begin?
IWE’s Wellness Advocate training will introduce you to science-based tools so you to take sure steps in the right direction, and keep going until you reach your goals…for yourself and others. Change isn’t a single event, and it takes time. But we will help you discover and develop your own unique strengths, skills, and resources to make the journey a success.
What’s Your Situation?
Wellness is a state of well-being and a process. It means being and doing the best you can in many different ways. Many people think of wellness as just diet and exercise, but wellness is much more than that. Wellness applies to the “whole person,” body, mind, and spirit. Many different factors contribute to wellness, so it helps to define them. There is no single way to define wellness, so we’ve used 10 categories that align with the Total Force Fitness model developed by the US Department of Defense Military Health System. These 10 dimensions of wellness include:
- Behavioral and intellectual: doing things that have a positive impact on life, such as using recommended safety measures, and refraining from harmful behaviors
- Environmental: creating a personal space to enhance well-being, being a steward of natural resources in the world
- Financial: planning and saving, cash and credit management, risk management
- Medical and dental: screening, prevention, treatment, adherence
- Nutritional: diet and healthy food choices, weight loss
- Occupational: interests, skills, performance, satisfaction, environment, transitions
- Physical: structured exercise, active lifestyle practices
- Psychological and emotional: coping, stress management, problem solving, decision making
- Social: family and social support and cohesion
- Spiritual: core values, identity and purpose
Everyone’s story is different, so knowing what you value and what you really want, helps you set the right path. Then, finding methods that work for you and fit will help you achieve the dream that is uniquely yours. And once you do it for yourself, you can help others–family, friends, patients, or colleagues at work or in the community–do it for themselves!
What are the different stages that lead to an actual change?
One model groups the change process into distinct stages of readiness, and provides approaches to help move people forward through the stages. According to Dr. James Prochaska, nearly 80 percent of people aren’t ready to make change “right now.” Dr Prochaska’s “Transtheoretical Model” recognizes these steps to change:
- precontemplation or not ready
- contemplation or getting ready
- preparation or ready
Motivation is important but its not the only thing. Understanding the stages of change helps you recognize where you are and where you need to be. Let us show you how. Learn more about: The Transtheoretical Model of Change
Practice to Mastery
How do I get started and make it work?
You just have to start where you’re at. We’ll help you pick items you want to improve/change and get you to observe and reflect on them. To achieve significant change, B.J. Fogg, Ph.D.,proposed in 2011 what he calls “tiny habits.” These are small steps which are really easy to do and don’t require much willpower or motivation to complete. These steps are ultimately sequenced to ultimately achieve the big change. For example, is it hard for you to floss regularly? You could start by just flossing one tooth. But if you make a habit of doing this after a solid habit like brushing your teeth, it becomes a routine. After a while, it will become normal and you can move ahead to flossing more than one tooth. Sometimes its easier to be inspired by someone else’s story. What was the process they used? What was their journey to the goal? There are so many ways… lets us guide you on how to make these changes! Learn more about: “Tiny Habits”
Help Others Change
Want to help others, but aren’t sure what’s right to do?
Frustrated seeing friends and family not succeed in change? If you’re a healthcare professional, are you discouraged that patients don’t seem to be able to get with and stick with recommended lifestyle modifications? Understanding the stages of change, marshaling the power of the language of change, mastering “Tiny Habits,” and going through the process yourself can help you help others too. After completing the program you will be able to:
- Act as an effective role model and advocate for wellness
- Engage people–in your personal and professional life–in conversation, lead group discussions, and make interactive presentations
- Improve the workplace and living environment with healthy, joyful changes
- Build more collaborative supportive relationships and conﬁdently resolve challenges more easily
- Manage and reduce stress
Want to help more? Learn more about being a Certified Wellness Coach.
Wellness Is the Enabler – Not the End Point
Get ahead. It’s time to take charge of your life.
BE well to DO well.
Take the course online: On your schedule, at your pace. No travel required! Get to know classmates and mentors through online discussions and teleconferences. Learn by doing with fun, hands-on learning activities together with your classmates, and mentors. Learn skills that will improve your ability to make healthy changes and make you more effective at work, at home, and in the community.
Learn more about: Wellness Coaching.