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Wellness Coaching Certificate Program

Wellness coaching is about helping people to improve their lifestyle behavior. Wellness coaching is a new field. As it emerges and the world discovers the value of it, it will continue to define and re-define itself. What is clear is that wellness coaching is the application of the principles and processes of professional life coaching to the goals of lifestyle improvement for higher levels of wellness.

The Job Outlook

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations. In recent years, there has been increased interest in the role of food in promoting health and wellness, particularly as a part of preventative healthcare in medical settings. The importance of diet in preventing and treating illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for people with these conditions. An aging population also will increase the need for dietitians and nutritionists in nursing homes.

Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaching is about helping people improve their lifestyle behavior. As the field of Wellness Coaching emerges and the world discovers the value of it, it will continue to define and re-define itself. Wellness coaching applies the principles and processes of professional life coaching in order to help make lifestyle improvements. Having a sound understanding of professional coaching and how to interact with people is a must to be successful in this field. In this course you will be introduced to some fundamental ways of staying emotionally, physically and mentally healthy. We will discuss nutrition, how to manage weight, exercise, stress management and much more.

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify various dimensions of health, types of stressors and ways to encourage overall well-being
  • Recognize healthy eating habits and the principles of fitness
  • Recall preventive measures for avoiding common illnesses, diseases and how to maintain sexual health
  • Identify the effects of consumer products on our body and how to protect ourselves from violence and crime
  • Define the co-active coaching model, the various contexts and principles and practices

Wellness Coaching Module 1

Health, Wellness and Well-Being

  • The Dimensions of Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Sex, Gender and Health
  • The Promise of Prevention
  • Protecting Yourself
  • Understanding Health Behavior
  • Emotional and Mental Health
  • Positive Psychology
  • Sleep’s Impact on Health
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Anxiety Disorders

Wellness Coaching Module 2

Stress Management and Social Health

  • What is Stress?
  • Stressors
  • Traumatic Life Events
  • The Impact of Stress
  • Communicating
  • Forming Relationships
  • Living in a Wired World
  • Loving and Being Loved
  • Partnering Across the Lifespan
  • Family Ties

Wellness Coaching Module 3

Nutrition and Weight

  • Essentials of Good Nutrition
  • Food Safety
  • Weight in America
  • What is a Healthy Weight?
  • How to Gain Weight
  • Practical Guide to a Healthy Weight
  • Treating Severe Obesity
  • Disordered Eating
  • What is Physical Fitness?
  • The Principles of Exercise
  • Mind-Body Approaches

Wellness Coaching Module 4

Sexual Health and Reproduction

  • Men and Women’s Sexual Health
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Activity
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases
  • Common STIs
  • Contraception
  • Sterilization
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth

Wellness Coaching Module 5

Diseases and Addictions

  • Preventing Major Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke and Cancer
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Gambling
  • Understanding Drugs and Their Effects
  • Medications
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Treatment for Substance Abuse

Wellness Coaching Module 6

Alcohol, Tobacco and Consumer Health

  • Understanding Alcohol
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders
  • Tobacco Use in America
  • Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking
  • Quitting Tobacco Use
  • Personalizing Your Health Care
  • Your Medical Rights
  • Elective Treatments
  • Nontraditional Health Care
  • The Health-Care System

Wellness Coaching Module 7

A Lifetime of Health

  • Unintentional Injury
  • Violence and Crime
  • Sexual Victimization
  • Pollution
  • Chemical Risks
  • Successful Aging
  • Preparing for Medical Crisis
  • End of Life
  • Death and Dying
  • Grief

Wellness Coaching Module 8

The Co-Active Coaching Model

  • Empowered Coaching Environment
  • The Five Contexts
  • The Coach’s Role in the Model
  • Co-Active Coaching Relationships
  • Coaching Environment
  • Levels of Listening
  • Intuition
  • Curiosity
  • Authenticity
  • Accountability

Wellness Coaching Module 9

Coaching Contexts, Principles and Practices

  • Self-Management
  • Good Judgement
  • Fulfillment and Values
  • What is Balance?
  • A Formula for Coaching Balance
  • The Look of Process
  • Process Coaching
  • Integrating Principles
  • The Coach’s Commitment
  • The Expanding World of Coaching

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

  • All materials are included in this course.


Upon successful completion of our Wellness Coaching course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Wellness Coach (CWC).