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.