Coaching Behavior Change: How Social Determinants Impact the Health of Your Clients

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Coaching Behavior Change: How Social Determinants Impact the Health of Your Clients

A client’s attitudes and health behaviors are strongly impacted by the conditions in which he or she is born, grows, lives, works and ages. In this latest installment in an ongoing series on coaching behavior change, learn about social determinants and how you can more effectively identify and address the negative factors that may be hindering your client’s efforts to make positive lifestyle changes.

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Coaching Behavior Change: How to Plan For and Address Relapses

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Coaching Behavior Change: How to Plan For and Address Relapses

Relapses are a normal part of the behavior-change process. In this latest installment in an ongoing series on coaching behavior change, learn how to help clients recognize triggers for relapse, prepare them for these triggers and practice how to address them, and coach them on how to resume an intended behavior change after relapse occurs.

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Coaching Behavior Change: Dealing With Discord

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Coaching Behavior Change: Dealing With Discord

When discord in a coach-client relationship occurs, it is critical to identify and address it early on so that the quality of the working relationship is not compromised. In this latest installment in an ongoing series on coaching behavior change, learn how to quickly recognize discord and utilize appropriate strategies to effectively handle it before it damages the relationship.

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Coaching Behavior Change: Why Self-monitoring Is a Key Ingredient in Successful Behavior Change

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Coaching Behavior Change: Why Self-monitoring Is a Key Ingredient in Successful Behavior Change

If you want your clients to be successful with any health-related intervention rooted in behavioral change (and spread the success of your program by word of mouth), a solid plan for self-monitoring must be built in. In this latest installment of an ongoing series on effective methods for coaching behavior change, learn how you can help your clients reach their goals by developing a habit of frequent and continued self-monitoring

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Coaching Behavior Change: How to Provide Feedback That Grows and Sustains Behavior Change

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Coaching Behavior Change: How to Provide Feedback That Grows and Sustains Behavior Change

Providing feedback in a way that is effective and client-centered goes a long way in helping to support clients in continually improving their health, fitness and overall well-being. In this latest installment of an ongoing series on effective methods for coaching behavior change, learn how to maximize your impact by providing effective, client-centered feedback.

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Behavior Change Coaching for Weight Loss

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Behavior Change Coaching for Weight Loss

Having a weight-management coach can make a huge difference in whether a person is able to successfully achieve and maintain weight loss. Part of the reason coaching experiences are often so successful in helping people achieve their weight-management goals is because the most effective weight-management coaches have mastered these five specific skills.

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Coaching Behavior Change: A Better Way of “Teaching”

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Coaching Behavior Change: A Better Way of “Teaching”

Most people already know what they should be doing to be healthy and fit. It is the ability to translate the information into behavior changes that are often missing. In this latest installment of an ongoing series on coaching behavior change, learn why, if we really want to help people make healthful behavior changes, we need to be focusing on “skills training” instead of “teaching” or “health education.”

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5 Nutrition Changes Clients Need to Make to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

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5 Nutrition Changes Clients Need to Make to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

When it comes to helping clients lose weight, we need to turn to the evidence and learn what science suggests is the most effective and, importantly, safe way to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Here are five nutrition practices that are likely to help guide people toward a healthy and sustainable weight.

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Health Coaching: How the Profession, Impact and Opportunities Grew in 2015

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Health Coaching: How the Profession, Impact and Opportunities Grew in 2015

Health coaches have never been in greater demand, as more and more people recognize the power of this profession to help people make lasting positive changes in health and well-being. The health-coaching profession is expected to continue to grow in 2016, as several recent studies and reviews have established the benefits of implementing coaching principles to improve health. Here is a small sampling of these findings.

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Coaching Behavior Change: Nudge Design

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Coaching Behavior Change: Nudge Design

A healthful behavior is more likely to occur when the environment supports it and systems are in place to offer a gentle nudge to make it happen. In this fourth installment of an ongoing series on coaching behavior change, learn how to help clients rely less on their willpower and instead set up their environments so that making the healthy choice becomes the easy choice.

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How Integrating Values and Vision into Your Coaching Practice Can Boost Success

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How Integrating Values and Vision into Your Coaching Practice Can Boost Success

Do you know the key values that drive your clients? What about their big dreams and vision for their lives? Understanding your clients’ values is essential to helping them set meaningful goals. Learn how you can help your clients craft personal mission statements and look to the future through the process of visioning, which will help to set the stage for a deeper connection and a greater impact.

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Coaching Behavior Change Toolbox: The Reflection

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Coaching Behavior Change Toolbox: The Reflection

Of all of the skills you need to help clients effectively “talk themselves into change,” none is more important than the reflection, which includes repeating back what the client says or may be feeling. In this third installment of an ongoing series on coaching behavior change, learn how to use this powerful communication technique to help clients assess their beliefs and behaviors and come up with their own solutions.

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Coaching Behavior Change Toolbox: The Confidence Ruler

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Coaching Behavior Change Toolbox: The Confidence Ruler

As a health and fitness professional, you need the knowledge and skills to help your clients make sustainable changes that improve their overall quality of life. In this first installment of a new series featuring useful tools and information that can improve your communications with clients and help them reach their goals, learn how to use the confidence ruler to help your clients identify their reasons for wanting to make healthy changes.

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The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

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The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

The demand for health coaching and behavior-change coaching has never been greater, with research demonstrating the value of coaching in helping people improve health behaviors and, as a result, quality of life. ACE has developed a general consensus and position on what it means to be a certified health coach versus a specialist in behavior change. Here’s what you need to know about this new and evolving field, and how it can enhance and expand your career as a health and fitness professional.

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Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

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Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

As a health and fitness professional, you can maximize client-behavior change through the use of coaching techniques such as open-ended questions and reflective listening to help a client explore his or her own motivations, strengths and benefits from making the change. By doing so, you shift your approach from “expert”-centered programs to client-centered programs, and set the stage for increased client success.

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5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

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5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

Are you tired of spending inordinate amounts of time developing tailored exercise programs only to have a client drop off after a few sessions? You can increase your impact and efficiency by incorporating a few key behavior-change principles into your personal-training program. Here are five ways to help incorporate behavior-change principles into your daily client interactions.

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How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

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How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

Anyone who has tried to help people make a behavioral change knows how difficult it can be, and not everyone is ready to make the changes we think they need to make to improve their health. Learn how to use the ACE Cycle of Change to help you tailor behavior-change interventions to your client’s readiness to change.

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How Integrating Values and Vision into Your Coaching Practice Can Boost Success

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How Integrating Values and Vision into Your Coaching Practice Can Boost Success

Do you know the key values that drive your clients? What about their big dreams and vision for their lives? Understanding your clients’ values is essential to helping them set meaningful goals. Learn how you can help your clients craft personal mission statements and look to the future through the process of visioning, which will help to set the stage for a deeper connection and a greater impact.

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Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity Forum: A Recap and Call to Action

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Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity Forum: A Recap and Call to Action

A large group of individuals and organizations committed to reducing the incidence of childhood obesity recently came together to discuss solutions, particularly for low-income and minority communities where childhood obesity rates are at their highest. ACE’s Dr. Natalie Digate Muth attended this forum and believes that ACE’s network of more than 50,000 ACE Certified Professionals is primed to play a major role in helping to build a healthy environment that reduces the incidence of childhood obe

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Study: Are Overweight Children and Teens Destined to Become Overweight Adults?

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Study: Are Overweight Children and Teens Destined to Become Overweight Adults?

New research suggests that a child who is overweight by the age of five is highly likely to grow up to be an overweight teenager and adult. Pediatrician and obesity expert Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the implications of this new study and offers practical, proven tips for parents who want to help their children eat more healthfully and potentially avoid a lifetime of weight issues.

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The Inaugural Obesity Week: What Does It Mean for You?

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The Inaugural Obesity Week: What Does It Mean for You?

This week, Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, ACE’s Senior Health Strategist, is attending the inaugural Obesity Week, an event focused on identifying solutions to reversing the national obesity epidemic. In this blog, she explains what this event means to fitness professionals and how you can get involved in improving the health of your communities.

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Simple Routines Help Boost Kids’ Health

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Simple Routines Help Boost Kids’ Health

Intuitively, many parents know that kids tend to do better when they follow an established routine and know what to expect of the day ahead. But busy schedules and commitments can make following a routine a challenge. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth reviews a new report that suggests that creating positive routines can significantly benefit a child’s health and well-being, and offers tips and examples for how to successfully add these routines to your daily life.

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My Plate Kids Place: The Newest Tool to Inspire Healthy Eaters and Active Kids

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My Plate Kids Place: The Newest Tool to Inspire Healthy Eaters and Active Kids

It can be a struggle to figure out how to get your kids to eat healthfully and be active, but fortunately, some new tools are now available that should make it a whole lot easier. The USDA recently developed a set of tools geared at kids called My Plate Kids Place. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth reviews these latest offerings and explains how these tools can be used to help kids want to make healthier choices.

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Want Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables? New Study Suggests You Can Count on Books to Do Your Bidding

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Want Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables? New Study Suggests You Can Count on Books to Do Your Bidding

At a loss for how to encourage your children to eat more vegetables and fruit? A new research study suggests that reading nutrition-focused storybooks to your children may help turn your child into a veggie fan, even when all other approaches have failed in the past. Pediatrician Natalie Digate Muth explains the new research and suggests some books worth adding to your story-time line-up.

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Is It True That Kids Really Can “Outgrow” Obesity?

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Is It True That Kids Really Can “Outgrow” Obesity?

What should a parent do if he or she realizes her child is overweight or even obese? Is it cause for alarm or is it likely the child will eventually grow taller and, thus, “outgrow” his or her weight issue? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the findings of a new study, which sheds important light on this issue, offering specific formulas for parents and pediatricians to use when creating a plan to address a child’s weight problem.

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A Call to Lead: Why Fitness Professionals Should Discuss Nutrition With Their Clients

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A Call to Lead: Why Fitness Professionals Should Discuss Nutrition With Their Clients

When it comes to offering nutritional advice, what exactly is within the bounds of a fitness professional’s scope of practice? While the laws in each state vary widely, here are some basic guidelines for you to follow, along with some helpful tools and resources to help your clients improve their nutritional status and enjoy the benefits of eating healthfully.

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How can I teach my child about healthy hydration, especially in the warm summer months?

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How can I teach my child about healthy hydration, especially in the warm summer months?

With the hottest months of the year just ahead, it’s essential that your kids know how to stay hydrated while playing outdoors. Here are five tips for educating your children about the importance of hydration before, during, and after exercise—especially in hot and humid conditions—that will help ensure you all have a safe and enjoyable summer fun.

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Bring the Color of the Rainbow to Your Family’s Plate

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Bring the Color of the Rainbow to Your Family’s Plate

Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals; low in calories and sodium; and rich in a variety of phytochemicals—natural compounds that are powerful disease fighters. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains how you can pack a nutritional punch by choosing a mix of fruits and vegetables from the five main colors of the fruits and veggies rainbow—red, yellow/orange, green, blue/purple and white/tan/brown.

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Tips to Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Day

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Tips to Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Day

If you struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day, don’t worry—you’re not alone. But there are plenty of great benefits that make it worth the effort to up your intake of these health-boosting foods. Read on to learn how you and your family can gradually increase the number of servings of fruits and veggies you eat each day.

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