American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellcoaches Bring the Lifestyle Medicine Coach to Clinical and Worksite Settings

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) announced today an agreement with Wellesley, Massachusetts-based Wellcoaches Corporation to bring lifestyle medicine coaches to clinical and worksite settings next year. Certified health and wellness coaches will be eligible to earn a lifestyle medicine certificate and become an integral part of a clinical practice team, focused on prevention, treatment and, in some cases, reversal of chronic diseases, by addressing the root-causes of conditions with sustainable lifestyle therapies.

ACLM and Wellcoaches are co-branding the Lifestyle Medicine Coach certificate which will debut in early 2018. It will be available to Wellcoaches health and wellness coaches, and coaches who have completed a program approved by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching. ACLM is also endorsing the Wellcoaches core training and certification program for health and wellness coaches, adding to the endorsement of the American College of Sports Medicine in place since 2002.

Health and wellness coaching for lifestyle behavior change has emerged as an evidence-based practice, role and profession in diverse clinic, employee wellness and community settings. Studies have shown coaching combined with lifestyle medicine therapies produce measurable improvement in health metrics, with greater coaching frequency adding to these beneficial effects.

According to Wellcoaches Founder and CEO Margaret Moore, aka Coach Meg, “Coaching is 80% coach skills and 20% lifestyle medicine, while lifestyle medicine practice is 80% lifestyle medicine and 20% coaching,” adding, “Wellcoaches sought to team with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to develop a lifestyle medicine coach program to stem the rising tide in prevalence of chronic disease.”

“The magic happens when you marry expert coaching skills with lifestyle medicine education,” said ACLM Executive Director Susan Benigas. “Health coaches effectively trained in lifestyle medicine can educate, equip and empower patients and clients with the evidence-based knowledge and skills needed to prevent, treat and, often, even reverse lifestyle-related conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, many cancers, and…

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