According to the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), approximately 70% of healthcare-related costs are attributed to lifestyle factors, like smoking and obesity. To improve health, we need to change behavior. That’s why Vera Whole Health’s mission is to empower patients to change their behavior and take ownership of their own health.
Frank Garcia knew his family had a long history of diabetes. He also knew that regular exercise and weight loss could decrease his risk of following in their footsteps. But the Flagstaff school principal hadn’t managed to do anything about it, until he met his health coach, Karleen.
Working together, Karleen helped Frank come up with an action plan to change his behavior and achieve his lofty goal: to lose 50 pounds. They started slow, adding an exercise program to his morning routine before gradually working in changes to his diet.
Less than a year later, Frank accomplished his goal. But he got more than he bargained for when weight loss wasn’t the only result. “The thing that’s most startling to me is how much less things hurt. And what I mean by that is my knees, ankles, and back — all of those things had been creaky and achy, and they aren’t anymore. I feel better now than I have in a very long time,” says Frank.
For Frank, health coaching was the key to changing his behavior. “I’m not getting any younger, it’s not getting any easier, I knew what I needed to do. I just didn’t want to do it,” recalls Frank.