For many of your employees with chronic conditions, improving their health starts and stops with a doctor visit. They schedule a checkup, their physician gives them a treatment plan, and then they’re on their own to improve their health. While this may sound easy, managing a chronic condition often involves making lifestyle changes that can prove incredibly challenging. It’s in between doctor visits that these changes can be made to improve their condition and health in general. That’s where a health coach comes in.
Health coaches are credentialed healthcare professionals who often specialize in a specific chronic condition. Practically speaking, they serve as a critical touchpoint for people in between visits to their doctors, encouraging them to make the lifestyle changes that will have the greatest impact on their health.
Coaches use techniques from behavioral science like cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing to help people change their behavior for good. Coaches can encourage whoever they’re working with to increase their physical activity, perhaps by making more time for the gym or a morning jog. They can also support someone in quitting smoking, lowering alcohol intake, and taking any other action that can promote a positive lifestyle change.
A workforce with better chronic condition management enjoys an improved sense of wellbeing and takes fewer sick days. This, in turn, results in saving your business’s bottom line, as the CDC reports an estimated $36.4 billion is lost ($1,685 per employee) in productivity due to employee absenteeism related to chronic conditions.
In our latest ebook "The Power of Self-Care: How Qualified Health Coaches Can Help Your Employees and Company", we highlight the ways health coaches can support better chronic condition management for a healthier and happier workforce while lowering healthcare costs for your company.
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