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New National Credential Signals Maturing of Health Coach Field

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Health and wellness coaches are rapidly earning recognition as indispensable healthcare allies. Until recently, however, there was no clear gold standard for choosing a quality health coach with adequate training and expertise. But a new national coaching credential could set some coaches above the rest.

A Taste of African Heritage Offers Culinary Path to Wellness

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Sweet potatoes, peanuts, black-eyed peas, lima beans, collard and mustard greens, sorghum, millet.... these and so many other healthy foods originated in Africa and the African diaspora. Reconnecting with these foods offers the opportunity to make Black History Month a celebration of wellness as well as a celebration of culture.

Health Coaching in Primary Care: Considerations for Collaborative Practice

By Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD, Contributing Writer

A well-developed collaboration between a skilled physician and a well-trained health coach can have profound positive impact on patients’ health and wellbeing. But standards and credentials for health coaches are still evolving. Here are tips for finding, hiring, and integrating health coaches into primary care clinics. 

Feeding the Multivore Family

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Feeding a “multivore” family—where each member has distinct and divergent dietary restrictions and preferences--is challenging. But it is doable: all you need is some “good common sense.”

What's in Your Water....And What to Do About It

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

Public drinking water routinely contains contaminants that the body does not benefit from and that are sometimes downright toxic. What can we do to improve the quality and healthfulness of the water that we, and our patients, use? Here are some tips regarding the most common systems based on my research.