Health Coaching at Evolve

Here at Evolve Direct, we believe in helping people reach their goals. That is why we have a full-time, certified Health and Wellness Coach, Leah Canale.

According to Dr. Michael Freedman, founder of Evolve, adding health coaching is critical for Primary Care practices looking to truly help people make important lasting changes.

“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.” 


Health coaching is FREE to our members for 30 days. Whenever you are ready to start, we will work closely with you for 30 days.

After the first 30 days, if you want to continue getting expert health coaching, members can sign up for an additional 90-day program for only $150/month for 3 months.

We also offer an alternative plan where each follow-up visit is just $40 per visit (30 minutes) or $75 per visit (60 minutes).

The bottom line? You choose. More intensive health coaching or a la carte. Or none. Our philosophy at Evolve is to make available any tools you might need to become healthier and happier but at the same time, respecting that each of us has a right to chose where, when and how we’ll pursue those goals.

How Does a Health Coach Help?

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.

Setting Goals

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 too easy to get sidetracked 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 of the same thing is 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 with our providers.

“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.” -Laurie Bond, Nurse Practitioner at Evolve.

“If I have a question or want to run ideas, thoughts or concerns by Dr. Mike, they are available 24 hours a day,” Leah said. “We work very closely. 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.”

Leah 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).

2. You don’t know why you can’t lose weight — or why you gained it in the first place.

3. Food cravings and how to get past them.

4. Want to lose weight but there are a million different diets. Which one works for you?

5. A lot of conflicting health and diet information. What is right? What is right for YOU?

6. You are stressed and don’t know how to break the cycle.

7. Your family needs to eat better but you aren’t sure how to accomplish that with what you know or the time you have.

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.

Evolve Direct Primary Care is the Highest Rated Primary Care and Urgent Care serving Annapolis, Edgewater, Davidsonville, Eastport, Crownsville, Gambrills, Crofton, Bowie, Millersville, Severna Park, Arnold, Glen Burnie, and Pasadena.

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