I’ve prepared this page for people interested in training and certification as an Integrative Nutrition health Coach.
It’s a wonderful career option for people who get satisfaction from helping others to build better lives.
— Coach Maria Theron
Health Coaching is an exciting new profession that is exploding around the world.
The profession started when Joshua Rosenthal opened IIN – the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – in New York City 1992.
IIN quickly grew into the largest nutrition school in the world with more than 100,000 students and graduates in over 150 countries
The World Needs Health Coaches
We’re in the middle of a global health care crisis:
- Nearly 30% of the world’s population is obese or overweight
- 88% of doctor visits do not include nutrition counseling
- 70% of deaths are caused by chronic illness each year
- 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure
- Only 3% of healthcare funding is spent on disease prevention
A Holistic Lifestyle Approach
The narrow focus approach adopted by the healthcare industry waits for people to develop medical problems before treatment.
This does not promote healthy nutrition and lifestyle that could prevent perhaps more than half the medical problems we experience today.
The holistic approach adopted by the health coaching profession works with clients to find and identify health issues while they are still minor problems and easy to resolve, rather than waiting for them to develop into difficult to treat health crises.
Clearly there is a major role to play by the health coaching industry in improving global health.
Where do Health Coaches Work?
Many, like Maria Theron, work in private practice providing service in-person and remotely to clients, executives, and celebrities Venus Williams and Ivanka Trump who employ health coaches.
You’ll increasingly find health coaches in doctor’s practices, wellness centers, gyms, spas, yoga studios, schools, private practice, natural food stores and more.
Large companies are starting to employ health coaches to consult on general health and nutrition issues, and to provide service to their management and staff.
Many health coaches go on to write books, create products, open restaurants, teach, and start their own businesses.
Study and Qualification
Maria Theron studied and gained professional certification at IIN – the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – the world’s largest and most prestigious health coach training and certification school in the world.
IIN provides comprehensive nutrition, coaching skills, and business development training in a one-year online program built specifically for adult learners.
The Health Coach Training Program is comprehensive and will teach everything you need to know to be a successful Health Coach.
The online course provides a powerful interactive experience. Students are supported by their peers, personal coaches, and IIN trainers.
Forty modules with both audio and visual lectures are released weekly. You’ll be quizzed at the end of each module and complete four tests throughout the course.
You can expect to spend 5-10 hours per week on your coursework.
IIN Health Coach Curriculum
The course follows a three-pronged curriculum:
Nutrition: A deep dive into the critical dietary theories in use today, plus a library of 100+ dietary theories to explore.
Coaching: Comprehensive courses to develop listening, questioning, observation, communication skills, and more.
Business: Rigorous training in marketing, finance, and other business areas to ensure your health coaching skills add to your financial success.
If you’d like to know more about qualifying and working as a coach you are welcome to contact me.
— Coach Maria Theron