What is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)?
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWCs) support clients in activating internal strengths and external resources to make sustainable and healthy lifestyle behavior changes. Health coaches use a client-centered approach wherein clients decide their goals, engage in self-discovery or active learning processes, and self-monitor behaviors to increase accountability.
The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) has collaborated with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) since 2016 to provide a robust board certification examination which has led to more than 9,400 National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches that hold the NBC-HWC credential. The esteemed NBC-HWC credential represents training, education, and assessment standards, allowing for the profession to advance in all aspects of health care and wellness.
To learn more about the advantages of working with an NBC-HWC, please see the current research on this topic.
How Does Health & Wellness Coaching Work?
Coaching begins with a partnership between a coach and a client, which takes place over a 3-6 month period. The coach assists the client in creating a vision of their ideal health based on the client’s current health, desired health and personal values.
The client then chooses 1-2 measurable goals that they wish to meet by the end of the 3-6 month period (i.e. “lose X amount of weight,” “run X miles/X times per week,” etc.). The coach and client meet bi-weekly — virtually or in-person — to work on smaller action steps in an effort to reach the greater goal(s). Since the aim is to create sustainable change in a client’s health and well-being, both successes and nonsuccesses will help the client learn how to support healthy habits and generate lasting transformation.
Health & wellness coaching is whole-person and can address various dimensions in a person’s life. These dimensions are all interconnected and when one is out of balance it can affect many of the other dimensions.
Interested in finding out how these dimensions affect you specifically? Explore your Wheel of Health before our first meeting.
What Are the Advantages of Working With a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)?
Working with an NBC-HWC:
Creates a partnership for change
Assists clients in designing a comprehensive vision of health
Supports clients' personal purpose and values
Enables sustainable lifestyle changes
Facilitates realistic action steps
Holds clients accountable
“You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”