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What is a health coach?

A health coach is a service provider you can hire to help you realize your wellness goals. You can hire a health and wellness coach to guide you through life changes, keep you focused on weight loss or fitness goals, help boost your mental health, and more. Many health coaches work with their clients for set periods of time as the client moves toward a measurable goal. Wellness coaches come from varying backgrounds, and may have different areas of focus depending on their education and training. Research potential coaches by reading their reviews, researching their academic and personal backgrounds, and learning about any certifications they have earned from coaching institutes. Often, health and wellness coaches sell coaching packages ranging from three to six months or longer, depending on the client’s needs. The average national cost for an individual health coach session ranges from $60 to $90, although prices may range as low as $30 or up to $130 or more, depending on your location and the coach.

Are nutritionists covered by health insurance?

Nutrition counseling can be a critical component of good health care, especially for people recently diagnosed with diabetes or high cholesterol who need to adhere to a specific diet. People also meet with nutritionists for help developing a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet, developing an eating plan to lose weight or gain muscle, or improving their sports performance by changing their diet. Nutritionists may be covered by health insurance depending on your reason for meeting with them. Nutrition counseling is more likely to be covered if it is part of a doctor-prescribed treatment for a particular medical condition, such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or coronary heart disease. For example, Medicare covers medical nutrition therapy services only for people diagnosed with diabetes or kidney disease, as long as they get a referral from their doctor. Also, insurance providers more often cover nutrition visits if the patient has been referred to a registered dietitian within the carrier’s network of providers. Insurance plans vary greatly, so research your benefits before visiting a nutritionist.

How much does a nutritionist cost?

A nutritionist provides expertise and guidance to help clients with all diet-related health matters, including losing weight, gaining muscle, improving their sports performance, and managing diabetes or high cholesterol. Nutritionists can help people learn to follow special diets in a healthy way, such as becoming vegetarian or vegan or developing a low-sodium or gluten-free eating plan. The average national cost of a nutritionist is $60 to $100. Nutritionists often require an initial consultation with a new client, during which they’ll take a medical history, assess the client’s nutritional needs, and determine the best course of action; this first meeting usually averages $100-$120 for a 45-minute to 90-minute consultation. Subsequent nutritional counseling sessions generally cost less, ranging from an average of $45 for a half-hour session to $60-$90 for a one-hour session. Like many professional service providers, nutritionists may offer discounts through package pricing. For instance, a one-month package with two sessions and email support costs an average of $190; a three-month package with three sessions and email support costs an average of $360; and a six-month package with six sessions and email support costs an average of $540.  

What is a holistic wellness coach?

When you want to reach new heights with your health and wellness, consider hiring a holistic wellness coach. Much like a health coach, a holistic wellness coach is focused on your well-being and meets with you in one-on-one sessions to help you identify and reach your targeted goals. A holistic wellness coach will typically have you take all components of your life into account when working to achieve your goals. If your goal is to lose weight, a holistic wellness coach will not only offer recommendations for your diet and exercise, but also discuss your emotional health, your work/life balance, your spiritual side, and each area of your life that affects your ability to follow a nutrition and fitness plan.

Although they are highly motivational and often can help clients achieve great results, holistic wellness coaches are not professional health care providers or registered dietitians. Different institutes and training centers provide certifications for holistic wellness coaching, so be sure to research your coach and read their reviews to understand more about their techniques and training.  

Reviews for Ashburn health coaches
Prezel F.
Pamela, Thank you so much for your help in setting me down a clear path to better health. My story is one like most, I had an inability to stay consistent with my health and didn’t understand that like most things, my routine needed to evolve as I evolved, when it doesn’t we get bored and then later unmotivated. Pamela’s intuitiveness and unique ability to motivate has been a game changer for me. I am in a very competitive job, so naturally when a coworker challenged me to a weight loss bet I jumped on. After I committed, I realized I had no real plan so I researched out to Pamela. Lets just say that over 3 months I went from 237lbs to 210 the day he and I weighed in. I WON THE BET! Winner receiving dinner at El Gauchos. The best part is that Pamela’s coaching, techniques, and commitment have all helped me maintain where I am. I still do her recommended reset once a month and that has been great for my overall health and well-being. I highly recommend Pamela! She is committed to helping people improve and maintain a high quality of health, both physically and mentally. Thank you Pamela! Prezel
Pamela Grace CoachingPamela Grace Coaching
Renato R.
I just finished my 12-week program with Kristen and her team. I have learned SO much about fitness, nutrition, and mindset. I most appreciate that, while I have lost 16 pounds (and still going), the view of the program is health and life-long sustainability with that health. I have more energy than I used to (while cutting out 80% of my coffee intake), I sleep better, I am much more confident in the grocery store with what to buy and cook. I don't give in to compulsive snacking the way I used to. Another awesome feature was that Kristen made several individualized workouts for me, with appropriate accommodations around my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have felt very confident in what she has offered and with where I'm headed. And I didn't even take full advantage of the many other resources she has on her private website, long informative videos, FB group, and her team of coaches. So thankful for her and her team!
Create my Weight: Health & Weight Loss CoachingCreate my Weight: Health & Weight Loss Coaching
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