This week's insight...
Jennifer Sponholtz
Wellness Coordinator at
Advocate Health Care

September 19, 2012
Vol. I, No. 18

Jennifer Sponholtz
Jennifer Sponholtz, Wellness Coordinator at Advocate Health Care

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"When I train coaches, they often struggle with figuring out how to motivate someone who is in the pre-contemplation phase. Personally, I like the challenge of working with these individuals and seeing their mindset change over time. I encourage coaches to find out one thing the individual is ready to change and to work from there. If I hate exercise but want to lose weight, maybe there is an area of my diet I could improve. With health, one improvement triggers another; itís all related.

The most satisfying thing about being a health coach is feeling the gratification of working with individuals who are motivated to change and who are open to new ideas. I love hearing that someone had an 'aha' moment when a new idea just clicks."

This is an excerpt from an interview with Jennifer Sponholtz, wellness coordinator at Advocate Health Care.

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