As spring nears, we start to clean out our houses, cars and desks. While we’re at it, why not tend to our health as well? This spring, get inspired to set new health goals and “toss out” old habits. Setting a goal is a great first step to making lifestyle improvements, but changing old habits can be more difficult. Luckily, H2U health coaches can help participants with those first few steps in their health journeys and then along the way to healthier lives.
Meghann Terry, the onsite health coach at HCA’s corporate clinic, shares her experience with the H2U coaching program.
Describe your background and your role.
I am the onsite H2U health and wellness coach for the HCA corporate campus in Nashville, Tenn. My office is located in the H2U Wellness Clinic. I have face-to-face health coaching sessions with individuals who are eligible for coaching or who are referred to me by a clinic practitioner and qualify for coaching. I also contribute to wellness initiatives that are offered on campus (such as Lunch & Learns about various aspects of nutrition), and I will soon be releasing healthy cooking podcasts. I have been a registered dietitian for seven years and have worked in a variety of areas, primarily wellness programs and one-on-one nutrition counseling. I completed my undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
How did you get involved with health coaching? What drew you to this role?
I have always wanted to work in wellness. Until recently, however, only a few opportunities were available in this area. Now it seems that the attitude toward wellness is changing and our society is starting to focus on finding ways to stay healthy. I was really drawn to the idea of health coaching because it is a new way to approach wellness – it focuses on providing support and encouragement to the individual and fostering personal responsibility, as opposed to the “expert” lecturing the client – and it really produces great results.
What motivates you as a coach?
I am honestly motivated by my clients. I really enjoy talking with them and hearing about their successes. It’s empowering to see individuals have success with attaining their goals, and it motivates me to keep working toward mine.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I really enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories. Also, I am constantly getting different perspectives on health and wellness from my clients. Through my role, I get a lot of great insight into what is working for people as well as what isn’t working. I love it when my clients will share recipes, fitness gadgets/apps or a new idea for getting more activity throughout the day.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part is also one of the things I enjoy, which is staying on top of all of the current trends and news in wellness and health. It seems like every day there is a new diet trend, weight-loss supplement or workout plan. But I love to learn about new things, so I like the challenge.
Any coaching stories or experiences that stand out?
My favorite coaching experience is when someone comes into the first coaching session saying the words “I can’t” and by the last coaching session the client is saying “I can and then some.” It’s so great to see a complete turnaround in attitude about coaching. I love hearing clients talk about new foods they try or make the discoveries about what kind of exercise they like.
What is one piece of advice you would offer to those who qualify for coaching?
My only advice is to approach coaching with an open mind. I think that a lot of people don’t know what to expect from health coaching, and I can guarantee it probably isn’t what they are expecting. If they keep an open mind, I think the experience can be really wonderful.