A Mission to Innovate Wellness Education | Student Spotlight: Jason Tate

No matter how many times our careers (and our lives) change direction, we can usually see themes running through the choices we make and the successes we have. Problem-solving, caregiving, efficiency-finding, innovating, and on and on—whatever your personal themes are, identifying them in your own life can help align your skills and contributions with the…
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Three Ways Health Coaches are Uniquely Positioned to Inspire Real Change | Roger Holstein of WebMD

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Recently, FMCA was lucky enough to catch some time with healthcare media thought leader Roger Holstein. Between his past work as head of WebMD and Healthgrades, and his current role leading investing in healthcare technology as Managing Director with Vestar Capital, Holstein has seen (and driven!) many of the changes that shape the healthcare field.…
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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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