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Scope of Practice & ACE Code of Ethics

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Scope of Practice
Health coaching is an emerging field. To clarify what a health coach is and is not, here is some additional information.
 
The goal of a health coach is to provide supportive services that facilitate a transition to healthy living. These can include, but are not limited to weight loss and increased physical activity. Unlike a traditional personal trainer, you will likely spend a good deal more time talking with a health coach to identify the specific nature of your goals and create a detailed plan on how to reach them. These goals could include specific information about a fitness program and broad guidelines for healthy eating. These goals could also include things like getting your blood sugar back down to near normal or normal levels, or planning to run your first 10k. 

A health coach will regularly "check in" with your progress and help you navigate the challenges you are facing while trying to meet your goals. Health coaches can help you identify the cognitive road blocks (e.g., negative self-talk) and the subsequent counteractive behaviors (e.g., unhealthy eating habits) that are preventing you from reaching your goals. Health coaches have special assessments they can use to help you become more self-aware of your own good (and bad) habits as your proceed through your goal process (e.g., personality assessments, behavioral contracts, etc.).

A health coach can discuss dietary habits and make general recommendations about eating plans but is not a registered dietician that can prescribe specific diets. Health coaches can work in conjunction with registered dieticians or other medical professionals if you have special dietary restrictions (e.g., type II diabetes, hypertension, etc.). Furthermore, a health coach is not a substitute for a licensed clinical psychologist. If a health coach suspects you have a diagnosable eating disorder (e.g., anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or binge eating disorder) or another clinical mental health issue (e.g., depression, chronic anxiety, etc.) he or she is required by ACE's Code of Ethics to refer you to a licensed specialist who can address the medical and psychological needs unique to these conditions. If you are already working with a licensed specialist to address these issues, a health coach can work collaboratively with that professional to create a plan that will best facilitate healthy living and meet your needs.   

American Council on Exercise Code of Ethics 
ACE-certified health coaches are guided by the following principles of conduct as they interact with clients, the public, and other medical and fitness professionals.
 
ACE-certified Professionals will endeavor to:
 
  1. Provide safe and effective instruction
  2. Provide equal and fair treatment to all clients/participants
  3. Stay up-to-date on the latest health and fitness research and understand its practical application
  4. Maintain current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and knowledge of first-aid services
  5. Comply with all applicable business, employment, and intellectual property laws
  6. Maintain the confidentiality of all client information
  7. Refer clients to more qualified health or medical professionals when appropriate
  8. Uphold and enhance public appreciation and trust for the health and fitness industry
  9. Establish and maintain clear professional boundaries