Corporate Wellness Education
How will hiring a Wellness Educator benefit this organization?
Global rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases are on the rise. Over 65% of Americans are overweight, and by 2020 it is estimated that half of all Americans will suffer from a preventable, chronic disease. The United States alone spends over $2.5 trillion every year on healthcare, with a large portion of that money coming from employers’ pockets for employee health insurance, medical leave, and sick days.
Chronic stress, poor dietary and lifestyle habits and lack of exercise all significantly contribute to employee performance. Luckily, many of these costly, chronic ailments can be avoided with simple, preventative care for employees.
Hiring a Wellness Educator for your company is a cost-effective solution to improve employee health and morale while decreasing your organization’s health-related costs. By working with a Wellness Educator, employees will learn how to make better food and lifestyle choices, improving their physical and mental well-being. In return, your organization will see an increase in employee engagement, productivity and attitude, and a decrease in employee stress, tardiness and absenteeism.
What is a Wellness Educator?
A Wellness Educator (sometimes called a Health Coach) is a professional guide and mentor who empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health and supports them in making sustainable lifestyle choices. Wellness Educators do not prescribe one diet or one way of living. Rather, they help people develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for their bodies. Some common areas where a Wellness Educator can offer beneficial assistance include weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy, movement, digestion, stress, and time management. As you can see, the topics are varied and often overlapping.
What types of clients do you work with?
I work with a diverse range of clients including men, women, young professionals, corporate executives, retirees, mothers-to-be, athletes, and inactive or over-weight individuals. My philosophy is that there is no one way of eating or living that works for everyone, and consequently, I have had success working with people from all walks of life.
What are your professional credentials?
I am an experienced wellness professional trained in diet, lifestyle, and wellness coaching. I graduated as an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the largest nutrition school in the world and is based in New York. If you would like a brief professional biography, you can request one here.
How soon will we see results?
Naturally, this will vary from person to person based on their current level of health and their willingness to participate in workshops and recommendations offered. Nevertheless, even if the motivation isn’t there right away, that’s okay. I am skilled in inspiring clients to take action. My workshops, presentations, coaching sessions, and materials are interesting and engaging. By starting with small, achievable goals, employees will start seeing results rather quickly and will be motivated to move on to larger goals.
How much time will employees need to dedicate to a Corporate Wellness program?
That depends on your organization and the level of education and coaching you wish your employees to receive. My corporate wellness programs vary from the very basic – working during lunch breaks or scheduled times each month – to the most comprehensive where employees have access to support and information each week. Obviously, the more comprehensive the program is, the more time is required on a day to day basis. I will work with your organization to create the best corporate wellness format that fits your budget and your staff’s needs.
Are there different levels of wellness programs to choose from?
Yes, there are three different levels, ranging from basic education to comprehensive corporate wellness. Which level you choose is entirely up to you, and I can help you assess which plan is the best fit for your company’s needs. Employees can also have the option of participating in our online Holistic Wellness Academy training platform.
What if there are no serious health issues within my company? Will we still benefit from the program?
Yes! In fact, Wellness Educators often work with clients who are generally healthy. Even these employees can benefit from wellness education as they may not be practicing nutrition and lifestyle habits that will ensure long-term health and vitality–and this is, after all, the overall goal for each person. So everyone can benefit, learn, and share their experiences, which in turn motivates others around them to succeed. A dynamic group atmosphere such as this provides an optimal way to stimulate and encourage positive change.
Each participating employee will begin the program by filling out a Health Strategy Assessment so I can pinpoint any areas, obvious or not, where better health and lifestyle choices can be made.
Is the information discussed in one-on-one health coaching sessions kept confidential?
Absolutely! All of the information shared in individual sessions will remain completely confidential between the employee and myself, the Wellness Educator.
How do we get started?
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my services and look forward to setting you up with the perfect corporate/employee wellness program right away! Please contact me here and I will be happy to meet with you and provide you with my education press kit.
Cathy lives in Roanoke, Virginia and specializes in supporting families who desire to change their relationship with health–the way they eat, feel and live. She is a certified Health Coach & Educator with a strong passion for supporting each client in their journey to feel stronger, healthier, and more energetic. Cathy presents workshops online and locally and regularly talks about real food, fitness, natural living, and all things ADHD.
Cathy is the creator of the Holistic Wellness Academy, an online training platform that will soon provide other wellness advocates a place to share their expertise with their clients so they too can learn how to eat smart, move more, feel better and live longer.