The Evaluation is the Foundation!
If you’ve set health and wellness goals, you probably based them on a specific problem you’ve identified. Maybe your stress levels are causing you to lose sleep. Or your eating habits are making you feel sluggish. Or you’ve gained weight, and even a short bout of exercise leaves you winded.
Recognizing these problems is a start. But when it comes to health and wellness, you’re much more likely to reach your goals if you have a full picture of your health and wellness. So many factors affect your ability to make changes — often things you’re not even aware of!
That’s why when you work with a Health & Wellness Coach, the first step is completing a health & wellness evaluation. A health & wellness evaluation is an initial assessment of where your health and wellness currently stands.
Using a form, your Health & Wellness Coach will ask you questions covering everything from nutrition to exercise to lifestyle. Your answers to these questions will give you and your coach a better understanding of the “big picture” that’s needed to start creating a safe and effective plan.
Your evaluation may seem like a just formality before the “real” coaching starts — but it’ll actually serve as the foundation for the rest of your coaching sessions! That’s why it’s important to be honest and give it the time and attention it deserves.
What’s covered in a health & wellness evaluation?
Your health & wellness evaluation will cover a broad range of topics, such as:
Physical health. This includes any health issues, illnesses, injuries, medications, and tobacco use. It also includes your health history.
Mental and emotional health. This includes your emotional status, stress levels, support systems, personal losses or other life events, sleep patterns, and coping skills.
Energy. This includes an assessment of your energy levels throughout a typical day.