It turns out, one powerful way to approach these silent, chronic conditions is through food and nutrition. As preventive medicine specialist David Katz, M.D., previously told us about COVID and nutrition: "The greatest single influence of whether you develop a bad chronic disease or die prematurely is your diet quality. Diet is constantly, universally important. Literature showing that it is the single leading predictor of all-cause mortality is incontrovertible." As a health coach, you'll learn what foods work for your body (read: not all diets work for everyone!) and how to optimize your personal well-being and immunity through nutrition.
Not only does this level of training help you become more aligned with your own body's needs, but it can also help support others with their nutrition goals, as well. The staggering statistics above show that when it comes to health and well-being, the standard American way of living (and eating) is not sustainable. However, real, long-lasting change starts with education—and that's where health coaches enter the picture. Optimizing your own health is a first and crucial step, but it's only half the battle; to truly enhance the health of our country (and beyond), it takes a societal shift.
And let's not forget about the mental toll this pandemic has taken on society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 young adults (ages 18 to 24) seriously contemplated suicide during the pandemic, with millennials (those born from 1981 to 1996) and Gen Z (born in 1997 and onward) among the most likely to say their mental health has significantly declined. Health coaches look at holistic well-being, where optimizing mental health is just as important as a balanced dinner plate. The bottom line? We need to lend support—of all kinds—to society, and we need to do it together.