We are please to announce beginning this week we will begin to offer diabetes education for our patients. We encourage all patients with a diagnosis of diabetes to participate in either individual or group classes. As medicine continues to change to a preventative module it will become more important for all patients to receive some form of education in regards to their chronic disease.
We are please to offer a program from Healthy Interactions called Journey for Care. It is an interactive program which encourages conversation among patients and family members along with the medical staff.
We are hopeful all of our diabetic patients will schedule a time to participate in a least one class.
The classes are in Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. An evening class will be offered in the near future.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
What's a Health Coach?
The professionals are trained in various dietary theories and can help you find the best lifestyle for you.
By Sarah Haskins, Contributor Feb. 4, 2015, at 10:33 a.m.
U.S. News & World Report
YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE term “health coach” popping up in nutritional circles and appearing randomly in magazine articles and on TV. However, I often find when I tell someone that I’m a health coach, they have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. Health and wellness coaches are popping up in doctor’s offices, spas, gyms and private practices all over the country. They often offer services and fill gaps that doctors, nutritionists and dietitians don’t have the time or resources to fill.\
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the largest nutrition school in the country, defines a health coach as “a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.” To put it simply, health coaches like me are highly educated guides in the fields of nutrition, wellness, bio-individuality and mentoring.
There are many different types of health coach certifications out there; however, the most recognized and thorough certification comes from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Graduates of this program, including me, are trained in over 100 dietary theories and lifestyle coaching techniques to help you discover exactly what will bring you success, and what is holding you back. It takes a year of training to become credentialed as a health coach through the institute. Health coaching focuses not only on the food you eat, but also your lifestyle. We help you to maximize the results of each.
Have you ever been given a list of “eat this, not that?” Have you found that making drastic changes at once are unsustainable and don’t work for you long-term? Perhaps a friend of yours lost a bunch of weight on one particular diet, but when you tried it, the results were minimal at best? That’s where health coaches come in. We help you implement small changes, little by little, at a pace that’s comfortable for you so you can meet all your health goals. We work with you to help you discover your bio-individuality. There is something that will work for you – the trick is finding it.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, increase energy or just get healthy, health coaches take the time to listen to your concerns, help you discover where and why you are struggling, and help you navigate the world of contradictory nutritional advice to figure out exactly what works for your body.
Everyone is unique and different. That’s why no one diet works for everyone, or only works for a small amount of time. Health coaches don’t promote one specific type of diet, or one specific way of eating. They help you experiment with finding what will work for you specifically, and how to change up your diet and lifestyle as you continue to grow and make strides forward.
Doctors and nutritionists are also fantastic resources for you in terms of health and wellness. Many doctors are starting to partner with health coaches for their patients who are obese, diabetic or need to change their behaviors in order to improve their health and keep lifestyle-related illnesses at bay.
Many health coaches also work in private practices. My practice, Whole Green You, works one-on-one or in small groups of individuals who want to lose weight, increase energy and get healthy in the most efficient ways. You can even schedule a complimentary breakthrough session with Whole Green You to discuss your objectives, struggles and plan of action. One of the best parts of most health coaching practices is that you can do all the mentoring from the comfort of your home via telephone or Skype.
It’s also important to know what a health coach is not. A health coach is not a doctor. Health coaches don’t diagnose conditions, prescribe medications or recommend lower or higher doses of your current medications. Many health coaches are not personal trainers (although some, like me, are certified in personal training), so it’s important to know what certifications yours holds if he or she is recommending specific exercises for you. A health coach is not a drill sergeant. We do not scream orders at you, or berate you for not meeting goal in a specified amount of time. We understand that life happens, and we work with you and support you in every way we can to achieve optimal wellness.
Health coaches are at the forefront of today’s health revolution. At a time when one in five people will die of lifestyle-related disease, as well as when diabetes and obesity are at an all-time high, health coaches provide the nutritional and lifestyle guidance society desperately needs to find its way back to health.
Sarah Haskins, Contributor
Sarah Haskins is the founder of Whole Green You, a holistic health coaching practice
We currently have trained health coaches on staff. For more information call (336) 626-6696.
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Many patients coming through our office last year and this year will notice that we are asking periodically about whether they have advanced directives. Advanced directives consist of a living will and healthcare powers of attorney, also called a health care proxy.
A Living Will is a document in which a person specifies any healthcare preferences that they have in the event of catastrophic illness or accident that leaves them unable to voice their own preferences. It does not have anything to do with a legal will or a person’s finances. For example, a person might specify that he or she does or does not want to be on life-support (i.e. mechanical ventilation), have a feeding tube, receive CPR, or other heroic measures.
A healthcare proxy is a document that elects a substitute decision-maker for healthcare decisions. This document is only in effect if the person it references is unable to make his or her own decisions, such as because they are in a coma. A health care proxy has no voice if the patient it references can make his or her own decisions. An alternate health care proxy should be listed on the form in the event that the first person is unavailable. For example, many, many years ago I had as patients a married couple who were in the same automobile accident. Both of them were on mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit. They had only appointed each other as healthcare proxies. There were no alternates listed. This made medical decision-making very difficult for the healthcare team.
When picking healthcare proxies, it is important to talk to your selections and make sure that they understand your wishes and feel that they can implement them. There are situations in which a spouse or close loved one is not the right person to appoint as a healthcare proxy. For example, if a husband tells a wife that despite her wishes, he will keep her on mechanical ventilation and put in a feeding tube if needed just to keep her alive even if there is no quality to that life and it is against her wishes, he is probably not the right person for her to choose if she feels strongly that she does not want these things.
A healthcare proxy can be anyone that is of adult age and is mentally competent. By law, a healthcare proxy can overrule the wishes of the patient as expressed in a living will, so the selection of these folks us very important.
The legal documents for North Carolina are available upon request at Hodges Family Practice, along with education about how they should be completed. The documents will need to be witnessed by two individuals not mentioned in the person's estate (legal financial will) and then notarized. They should be kept in an accessible place in the home as opposed to a bank safety deposit box, which does not allow for immediate and easy access. We at Hodges Family Practice would love to keep a copy on file in your chart for emergencies. Remember that advanced directives are not transferable across state lines at this time, so if you completed some in years past when you lived in a different state, they need to be redone on the recognized North Carolina forms.
Beth Hodges, MD