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Workplace Options is one of the first organizations approved as a Health and Wellness Coach Training and Education provider under new standards just recently introduced by the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC). The new standards more than doubled the original minimum requirements set by ICHWC and also require a healthy lifestyle component. The Live Well Wellness Global Coach Training Program developed by Workplace Options was also approved by the ICHWC for continuing education and training of National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC).
At Workplace Options, health and wellness coaches partner with employees to create an individualized approach to help them attain personal and professional wellbeing goals. Common areas of focus include nutrition, weight management, stress management, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and overall lifestyle improvement.
Debbie Jongkind, RD, LDN, PCC, NBC-HWC, is the Vice President of Global Coaching Services at Workplace Options and spearheaded the company’s efforts to obtain ICHWC approval. According to Jongkind, ICHWC approval means that Workplace Options can internally train its own team members to provide coaching at the highest level of industry standards. In fact, coaches who complete the training meet the educational requirements required to take the industry’s Health and Wellness Coach Certification Examination that is administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
“In addition to being efficient and cost effective for our organization, this ultimately best serves our clients,” explains Jongkind. “Since we provide health and wellness coaching on a daily basis, we are well aware of employees and employers current needs. By incorporating that knowledge and evidenced-based research into our training, our team is equipped to deliver a superior level of coaching that works for real life.”
“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment,” shares Alan King, President and Chief Operating Officer at Workplace Options. “I believe we are the only organization in our industry that has achieved this approval from ICHWC, once again showing Workplace Options’ ongoing commitment to providing the highest caliber of employee wellbeing support.”
Jongkind adds that because Workplace Options is a global organization, they have a network in place to deliver the wellness coach training internationally. In fact, the Live Well Wellness Global Coach Training Program has been provided in the company’s London, Shanghai and Lille service centers, as well at the U.S. headquarters. The training requires 78 hours of live, virtual and self-paced instruction, plus 50 hours of coaching practice and exams.
Feedback from training participants has been very positive, with coaches sharing that they benefitted both professionally and personally from their participation in the training.
For more information about Workplace Options’ wellbeing services, visit www.workplaceoptions.com.
About Workplace Options
Workplace Options helps employees balance their work, family, and personal needs to become healthier, happier and more productive, both personally and professionally. The company’s world-class employee support, effectiveness, and wellbeing services provide information, resources, referrals, and consultation on a variety of issues ranging from dependent care and stress management to clinical services and wellness programs.
Drawing from an international network of credentialed providers and professionals, Workplace Options is the world’s largest integrated employee support and work-life services provider. Service centers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Portugal, France, Belgium, UAE, Singapore, Japan, China, India, and Indonesia support more than 58 million employees across 90,000 organizations and more than 200 countries and territories. To learn more, visit www.workplaceoptions.com.