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What is a Health Coach?

A health coach is a healthcare professional that educates, motivates, and supports clients to achieve their health goals through diet, lifestyle, and behavior adjustments. Beyond education and guidance, a Health Coach keeps their client accountable each week.

Health Coaches typically work in tandem with a client’s doctor to achieve a specific health outcome. In fact, more and more doctor’s offices are starting to keep health coaches on staff, and The American Medical Association encourages doctor’s offices to do so.

What Does a Health Coach Do?

A Health Coach gives their clients a concrete plan tailored for their preferences and lifestyle, that will allow them to achieve their health related goals, such as to lose weight, mitigate symptoms of a chronic ailment, improve their health, or simply to feel better. While many of the changes will center on food, other important topics addressed include mindset/self-talk, habit formation, exercise, stress, and similar lifestyle factors that contribute (or detract) from health. Some Health Coaches help clients with cooking and meal planning, too. Health Coaches can have a private practice or work in a doctor’s office or other medical centers.


Beyond one-on-one coaching, health coaches can hold group classes, sell online programs and meal plans, host retreats or workshops, speak, write a book or cookbook, host corporate wellness programs, start a food product line, open a wellness center, and so much more. More and more spas, wellness centers, and food companies are hiring health coaches, too.

About IIN – Institute for Integrative Nutrition

This course changed my life for the better and healthier me and I hope this can change yours as well.


IIN is the largest nutrition school in the world with coaches in over 175 countries.


IIN takes a holistic approach and recognizes that much more than nutrition and exercise lead to health (think the quality of relationships, job fulfillment, spirituality…)


IIN has a 6 month and a 1-year program depending on how much time you can put in each week.


IIN teaches about all aspects of health, how to coach, and how to start and run a business making it a one-stop-shop.


IIN teaches over 100 different dietary theories but does not advocate for one in particular except the general guidelines of less processed foods, sugar, meat, and dairy and increasing higher quality, whole foods.


IIN teaches bio-individuality which means that each person is different and will need different foods, schedules, exercise, etc.