Despite all of the documented research touting the benefits of exercise and dietary changes in order to lower the rates of cardiovascular disease, African American men between the ages of 35 and 54 are still dying of heart disease at a higher rate than any other group. A recent article in Medical Press profiles a new program, Heart Matters, which is designed to offer health coaching to African American men who are most at risk. The health & wellness coaching program aims to promote a healthier diet, a more physical lifestyle, and improved stress management.
According to the Heart Matters program: “Understanding the barriers and motivational factors which influence lifestyle change among racial and ethnic minority males across the life cycle, represents a crucial gap in the field and is one of the primary objectives of the project.”
With medical costs reaching staggering heights in our nation, more and more medical professionals are suggesting alternative methods of care—including health coaching. Most of these clients just need a new education when it comes to food, diet and physical exercise.
If you’ve considered a career in the medical field but weren’t sure how you fit in, health coaching may be the right fit for you. The Soma Institute in Chicago offers a 15-week Health and Wellness Coach Training Program designed to train students on the knowledge and practices regarding diet among overweight and obese; attitudes regarding physical activity and sleep; and strategies to make life-lasting changes towards a healthier lifestyle.
If you’d like more information, give a friendly and knowledgeable Soma Institute Admissions Representative a call at 1-800-694-5314.