Functional Medicine Health Coaches make the difference between inaction and action

Functional Medicine Health Coaches know there’s more to a healthy lifestyle than fad diets and unsustainable exercise regimens. There’s a gap between what clients know they need to do to be healthy and the intrinsic motivation they need to actually make and sustain those changes. Coaches bridge that gap.

Functional Medicine Health Coaches use Functional Medicine principles & positive psychology coaching techniques to:

  • Educate clients and help them understand their doctor’s plan of care
  • Offer tools and accountability when clients implement new lifestyle changes
  • Motivate clients using positive psychology techniques
  • Guide clients through dietary changes, food plans, and physical activity protocols
  • Lead clients through group coaching sessions on specific topics
  • Work directly with the client’s practitioner when appropriate
  • Celebrate successes and encourage progress

Demand for health coaches is growing fast

Becoming a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach means:

You want to make a living doing work you love

You want to be your own boss and have more control over where and when you work

You’re driven to understand how and why our bodies and minds work the way they do

You’re interested in what makes people tick and how to effect habit change

You’re a lifelong learner, and you enjoy variety and meeting new people

You’re passionate about helping others be their best selves

What else do you need to know?

Great coaches are people who fully listen to their clients and offer support, accountability, collaboration, education, and resources. While prior training in another healthcare discipline can be helpful, you don’t need a background in healthcare in order to become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.

In the multi-billion dollar health and wellness industry, employment opportunities for health coaches are taking off. According to, health education is expected to grow 14% by 2024, faster than the average for all other careers.

Where are these new coaching opportunities expected to grow? Locations include medical centers and physicians’ offices, corporations, day spas, wellness centers, and schools. Many of our alumni establish their own coaching practices or partner with practitioners, or sometimes both. Your options will depend on your background, interests, and what’s in your local area or accessible to you online.

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