Why the Hands-On Coaching Skills I Learned at FMCA are ‘Good for Business’ | Student Spotlight: Donovan Maycock

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Knowledge vs. skills. Theory vs. practice. Learned vs. applied. In health coaching, these things go hand-in-hand; you need both to be effective. But not every coach training program teaches you to talk the talk and walk the walk. If you can’t get through to your clients, you’re missing your opportunity to make an impact. You’re preaching nutrition…
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Putting the Pieces Together to Ignite Behavior Change | Student Spotlight: Ashley Howell

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Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches are transforming the healthcare landscape. They’re bringing together diverse approaches to wellness and making them actionable and accessible through positive psychology coaching. This translation—taking health and wellness concepts and implementing them via action plans for sustainable behavior change—is why a Health Coach is a critical part of any practice’s collaborative…
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When Conventional Healthcare Lets You Down | Student Spotlight: Julie Kenney

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The Functional Medicine movement continues to grow. And as The Institute for Functional Medicine trains more and more practitioners in this groundbreaking model, we at The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy will continue to train Health Coaches to partner with them. Across the spectrum—practitioners, coaches, patients—so many people find their way to Functional Medicine when the…
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Setting Comparisons Aside to Find the Root of Your Well Being | Student Spotlight: Heather Aardema

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A defining feature of the Functional Medicine approach is the recognition of individuals as unique, and of each person’s health and wellness needs as unique, too. But it’s easy to find yourself making comparisons to others (and applying judgments about who’s “doing better” at being healthy). Overcoming this drive to compare and instead embracing our…
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Student Spotlight: Linda Hicks

  In 2008, Linda Hicks suffered a mini stroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA). She immediately called her doctor – who told her not to even bother coming into the clinic, but to call back if it happened again. Almost a third of people who experience TIA have a stroke within a year, according to…
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Student Spotlight: Mahnaz Malik

As Mahnaz Malik watched Mark Hyman, M.D.’s T.E.D. talks online, his words about Functional Medicine resonated deeply. That’s the case for many FMCA students when they first encounter the theories behind the transformational model of healthcare. But in Malik’s case, the thrill of recognition was far more profound. The way Functional Medicine includes the whole…
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Student Spotlight: Gabrielle Grandell

The most surprising things Gabrielle Grandell learned as part of FMCA’s inaugural class had nothing to do with the power of food as medicine. They weren’t new scientific evidence supporting the strength of mind-body medicine, or new theories about helping clients maintain digestive health. The most remarkable things Grandell learned were about herself. “I really…
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Student Spotlight: Honey Bronson

When FMCA graduate Honey Bronson began the program, she looked forward to immersing herself in nutrition research. She’d always had an interest in nutrition and was considering returning to school for an advanced degree in that field. But what the veteran nurse really fell in love with during her FMCA year was entirely different. “I…
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