Laurie Hofmann joins FMCA’s board of advisors. Hofmann is the chief executive officer of The Institute for Functional Medicine and an advisor and consultant to several public healthcare and health education initiatives across the country. She’s been a leader in IFM since its inception, serving as a member of the founding board of directors. She was vice-chairman of the board from 2006 through 2008 and director of marketing and development from 2008 through January 2010, when she became executive director. In 2013, she was named chief executive director.
Hofmann has been instrumental in helping The Institute for Functional Medicine move forward with national and international strategic partnerships, global outreach, pilot programs, and new Functional Medicine education initiatives. “We’re honored and extremely excited that Laurie will be bringing the talent and skills that have propelled IFM forward to the collaboration with FMCA,” says FMCA founder and CEO Sandi Scheinbaum.
Last month, Mark Hyman, M.D. joined the FMCA board of advisors which includes: Monique Class, M.S., A.P.R.N.,B.C., Lyra Heller, M.A., Beth Frates, M.D., Kristi Hughes, N.D., Lynn Johnson, Ph.D. David Jones, M.D. and Jennifer Newton. Read more about them here.
The National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC) has a new identity that reflects how health and wellness coaching is growing around the world. The organization will now be known as the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC). Currently, ICHWC is focusing on developing national standards and a certification examination. In the future, the organization will expand to collaborate with coaches and partners around the world.
The application phase for the first national exam, the ICHWC Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination, opened on February 6 and remains open through April 15, 2017.
During this time, FMCA students and graduates may apply to sit for the exam scheduled for September 2 -16, 2017. All eligibility requirements must be met prior to applying to sit for the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination.
We have provided ICWHC a list of all students who graduated prior to February 1, 2017. These students do not need to provide ICWHC with a certificate of completion. Students graduating after February 1, 2017 will receive a ICWHC certificate of completion to submit with their application. Learn the details on the ICHWC website.
The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, will begin offer contact hours for nurses starting with the February 2017 class. The hours are available to the February 2017 class and future classes. Check for upcoming details on the FMCA website. We are continuing to seek approval from other professional organizations and will let you know as approvals are granted.
Sandra Scheinbaum was recently featured in the January/February issue of Experience Life Magazine: The No-Gimmicks, No-Hype Health & Fitness Magazine, in a story about character strengths, called “Play to Your Strengths.” Read it here.
FMCA will be at the Functional Medicine Success Summit in Sugar Land, Texas on February 24-26. Produced by Peter Osborne, D.C., the conference is for doctors and other practitioners. Stephanie Feldman, FMCA’s director of operations, will talk to attendees on Sunday, February 26, about how to boost their practices with Functional Medicine Health Coaches. Click for more information.
FMCA friend J.J. Virgin, celebrity fitness and nutrition expert, will premiere her new movie, “You Are Stronger Than You Think,” on February 8-17 and members of the FMCA community are invited to watch the movie for free. In 2012, J.J.’s son Grant was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that left him with injuries so severe that doctors told her to let him die. One moment J.J. was preparing to launch her first book and the future looked bright; hours later, she found herself living out every parent’s worst nightmare. The movie chronicles what happens next. If you’ve ever struggled with your own health or the health of a loved one – if you’ve ever wanted the courage to fight the medical system – take the time to watch this movie. Register here to watch for free.