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Wellness Coaches Offer Support For Healthy Lifestyle By Phone

Posted April 23, 2004 2:51 a.m. EDT

— Have you ever tried to lose weight or get in shape only to fail? Sometimes a little help and encouragement can keep you on track for success.

Some people use a trainer, others work with a registered dietitian. But have you heard of a

wellness coach


Zane Creamer had not until someone gave her a consultation as a Christmas gift. She decided to give it a try.

"I had some health issues that I wanted resolution with. I had some weight issues, I wasn't exercising," she said.

Wellness coaching is the latest craze in fitness. It is designed to help people create a healthy lifestyle and stick with it.

"People often get started and they're OK, but they hit those bumps in the road and obstacles. A wellness coach kind of helps you go the distance and make the changes last," said Pam Schmid, a wellness coach.

Schmid helps her clients learn to exercise, eat better, and manage stress and other health issues. When it is time for their appointment, participants simply pick up the phone and dial their wellness coach. Every session is done over the phone.

"They often tell me a lot more on the phone then they would in person," Schmid said.

Schmid also designs a Web site for each client that includes a personalized exercise plan, health information and that week's goals.

So far, Creamer is meeting her goals and has lost 40 pounds.

"I'm thinking differently about goals and objectives and achievements and that's huge," she said.

Most wellness coaches are personal trainers who received special training and accreditation by the American College of Sports Medicine.

The average cost is about $40 per session. It takes about three to six months for most people to meet their goals.