Evolve Direct Primary Care, currently the highest rated Primary Care in the area, has hired Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Leah Canale of Quintessential Health.
“We’ve all tried diets that worked for the neighbor but didn’t work for us,” says Dr. Freedman. “It can be so discouraging and depressing. But the reality is each one of us is unique. A Health coach who can find what works for you increases success tremendously.”
“Just prescribing medications and telling people ‘lose weight’ is not working,” according to Dr. Freedman. “We can, and should, do more to help people get healthier and stay well.”
How Does a Health Coach Help?
Health coaches can help with a lot of the problems that frustrate people. People use health coaches for weight loss, improving energy, forming better eating habits for their family, figuring how to break out of any rut you may be in. (See “7 Ways a Health Coaches Can Help You” below.)
Health coaches help with a lot of the problems that frustrate people. They are primarily used to help with weight loss, improving energy, and forming better eating habits for individuals and families.
Health coaches use personalized programs to help people break out of a rut. They do this by educating, mentoring and motivating people to make more positive health decisions.
According to Leah Canale, patients from Evolve start by describing their current lifestyle and what changes they may want to make. Next, she offers some education on ideal and reasonable goals and finally, together, they make a set of goals with a focus of “doable steps”.
Leah emphasizes, “Goals really need to be reachable. We might have a ‘final goal’, but our focus will be on what we can accomplish tomorrow, this week, this month. One step at a time.”
Once someone has a clear set of goals, and the steps they need to take to get there, health coaches act to motivate, remind, encourage and cultivate ongoing positive health choices.
As everyone knows, it is way to easy to get side tracked or “slip” off the path of getting healthy. All too often, people will get frustrated with themselves and feel “I can’t do it” and give up entirely. Leah feels that the ongoing motivation, and just knowing someone is there, with them and rooting for them, can be enormously helpful when you are trying to get back to making the healthy choices again.
Sorting Out Conflicting Information
The other important role that health coaches provide is education and filtering. We are constantly bombarded by information from magazines, the news and the internet with reports of one thing being healthy and then other reports oft he same thing being deadly. A health coach can be the person you reach out to when unsure which direction to go, and who to believe.
Primary Care & Health Coaching; A Match Made in Health
Adding health and wellness coaching to primary care means your health care needs are being addressed with the big picture in mind. In fact, one of the things that really attracted Leah to working with Evolve Direct Primary Care is the close working relationship she has to Dr. Freedman and Deb Needle, CRNP.
“We believe that having a team approach to working with our patients is not only improving their medical health but improving their quality of life. Leah can really help people move past the obstacles that have held them back their whole life.” -Deborah Needle, Nurse Practitioner at Evolve.
“If I have a question or want to run ideas, thoughts or concerns by Dr. Mike or Deb, they are available 24 hours a day,” Leah said. “We work very closely together. So patients aren’t getting just my health coaching but also have the back up well-educated and knowledgable providers. And they, in turn, know the patient so we can seriously individualize that person’s treatment.”
Lead adds, “I am so excited and passionate about helping people. Working at Evolve is really a great opportunity to help people here in the Annapolis area make the progress they’ve been wanting to make towards becoming healthier.”
Top Seven Ways a Health Coach Can Help You
1. You have tried and failed to stick to achieve your goals (weight loss, exercise, better nutrition or diet, less stress, etc).
Leah Canale is Evolve Direct Primary Care full time Health & Wellness Consultant. Members are invited to use her services at no additional charge.
If you are interested in learning more about health and wellness coaching or have any other questions, the staff at Evolve Medical are happy to help. Evolve Medical is located in Annapolis. You can schedule online or call/text 844-322-4222.