Health Coaches Offer Tools for Living

Having served in the Army and Marines for 20 years, Tim Penix uses his military background to assist veterans to lead healthier lives. Tim Penix works in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Sepulveda, California, as a health coach dealing with diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

Also known as wellness coaches, life coaches, or personal trainers, health coaches work with individuals to enhance their quality of living. Health coaches may work with clients in matters such as compulsive overeating, stress, and exercise.

Health coaching has caught on with the public. The American College of Sports Medicine identifies wellness coaching and personal training as rapidly growing trends. Many people seek out coaching with the goals of having more energy, feeling in control of their lives, and enjoying a sense of well being.

Doctors are becoming more familiar with the advantages of health coaching. Although some physicians give wellness advice, coaching helps patients help themselves by focusing attention on what they can contribute to their personal health.


Americans’ Diets Link to Chronic Illness Diagnoses

Formerly serving in two branches of the United States military, Tim Penix retired from service in 2003 and embarked on a career in health. Following time spent as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, Tim Penix joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as a health coach. He works with patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses to create wellness goals and steps toward achieving them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of adults in America live with at least one chronic health condition as of 2012. A major contributor to the problem is poor diet, which can result in diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke.

Consumption of processed foods has greatly outnumbered intake of fresh produce and whole foods. In fact, the CDC’s Risk Factor Surveillance Survey indicates that less than 25 percent of the population eats the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables to maintain ideal health. This, combined with lack of dietary guidance from a professional and personal inactivity, contribute to the growing incidence of chronic illnesses in Americans.