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10.2.18 HCTP Oct18 Accel Pre-Course Call #2

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>> The broadcast is now starting. All attendees are in Listen Only mode. >> Hey, everyone, we're going to get this webcast started. Thank you guys so much for your patience there. We're just sorting out a few things with the slideshow. But yeah, we're super excited to be here with your second pre-course call for the Health Coach Training Program. And if you missed the first call, you know, the intention of this call series is really just to welcome you to the community, give you the opportunity to interact with us, ask us your questions, and really just for us to collectively get excited for the program ahead. And, you know, these calls are not mandatory but they're really, you know, intended to serve as something of an orientation and a way to connect early on. So I know we're still a few weeks out from the program. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jon, and I work on the Student Success team here at IIN. And I went through the program back in 2013, and I've since set up a coaching practice working with middle-aged men in New York City and across the country. And it was such a transformational experience for me, and I loved it so much that I end up working here at the school, and it's been absolutely amazing. On the call, you're also going to be hearing from Tessa who is one of our amazing course advisors and an alum from 2010, so she's been around for a while here. During the call, like I said, you can ask your questions, and you could do that by going to the Questions Chatbox on the GoToWebinar control panel. We have Erin with us who also works with me on the Student Success team and the Ambassador team, and she's going to help Tessa and I answer some questions throughout the call and really be there in the Chatbox interacting with you guys. So feel free to say hi to Erin at any time 'cause I know she's super excited to be with us today. All right, so let's test all of this out, make sure you guys can hear me, you know where that Questions Chatbox is. Go ahead, type in your name and where you're calling in from into the Questions box, and I'd love to head in there and read a few out loud and we can kind of get to know our classmates in a way. So I see a lot of comments coming through. You know, one of my favorite parts about this program is that we have such a vast and eclectic student body. We have students and graduates from... Over 150 students around the world and it's such a great place to bring likeminded people, like yourselves together. So this is awesome. I am seeing so many comments coming through. We have Priscilla calling in from Houston, Texas. We have Holla in London. We have Wanda in Knoxville, Tennessee, calling in. Hey, guys. Courtney in Los Angeles. We have Andrea from Pennsylvania, which is where Tessa here is from. We have Sarah from Montreal, which is a city that I love dearly. We have Claire calling in. We have Robin, Katherine. We have Katherine from Seattle. We have Janice from Seattle. It's cool to see, you know, clusters of students in different cities. We have Gina from Mexico City. Wow, so many comments coming through. I can't even read them all. And I know Erin's in there, reading them. We have Anna Maria from Milan, Italy, I believe, that comment just moved quickly but she's in, yep, Milan. We've Elena from Connecticut, which is my home state. We have Vedeira from New York, which is where we're based here today. Ashley from Dubai, yes, I think you guys are getting the sense that we have people all over the world here on this call. We have Sarah in Saratoga Springs, New York, which is again a place that I love. "Getting some respite from the city and heading upstate New York." Welcome. We also have... I'll read a few more out loud here. Pamela from sunny Miami, Florida, that's a great one to end on. And I'm super jealous. I would love to be down there in the sun with you. Awesome, we welcome everyone to the call. We're so excited for you guys to be here. And with that, I'm going to pass it over to Tessa to introduce herself. >> Excellent. Thank you, Jon. And this is awesome. What a great turnout here on the call. It's so great to see all of you here. I can tell this group has grown since last time. So again, I'm Tessa. I'm a Course Advisor here. I'm also an alum from 2010. And what I really love is connecting with our students here. You know, I really help them with strategy and really set them up for success. So let's get started. You know, first, I'd really like to know how many of you are joining us for the first time today, you know, because the class has not started yet, it's starting to fill up. And so I'd like to just kind of get a sense there if you want to go over to the Chatbox and just let us know who's new. Awesome. So it looks like Gina, Bokeh, Robin, Wanda. So there's definitely some newbies here. Awesome, welcome to the course. We have Sarah, Talien, Marjolein, what a beautiful name. I hope I pronounced that right. Debbie, Callie, we have a lot of great people, new people on the call. So welcome to the October accelerated course. And then I'd just like to know how many of you were on our last call. I'd like to kind of get a sense for that. Head on over. Awesome. Denise was here, excellent. Looks like Natasha, Sarah, a lot of you. Look, Ella, Diana, Andrea, Priscilla. It looks like Andrea listened to the recording, which is an important thing to remember that even if you miss one of these calls, they're in the Connect section of your Learning Center. So you can always go back and listen to them. It's a really useful thing, especially, you know, throughout the course. So thank you all so much for just taking the time to join us. So first, let's get started. I wanted to start out by talking about why health coaching is so important right now. So whether you decide to actually coach by the time you leave the program or not, I just want to help paint the picture of why, what you're doing is so important. So whether you apply it to yourself or you start a successful coaching business and you see dozens of clients, I think this is a really good time to start really talking about this topic. So first, let's get into some of the background information here. This idea of health coaching grew from the idea that in an all, you know, with all of the wonderful scientific and medical advances that we've made in healthcare, along the way something went missing and I'm sure a lot of you really feel similarly here. So the question is, you know, what happened here. You know, technology has never been better but as a whole, it seems like our health is getting worse. So even as we are living longer and life-spans have increased, we're having more unhealthy years, right? So first, you know, lifestyle related diseases are at an all-time high. So these things include obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. These are things that could be prevented through a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. But our diets and our lifestyles are making us unhealthy. So let's start off by talking about diet. So there are a few factors that have really led us here, and one is the abundance of inexpensive and convenient foods, right? So foods that are highly processed, that are high in calories and sugar but mostly, low in, you know, nutritive value and beyond that. So in fact, it's estimated that many of us eat about 20 teaspoons of sugar a day, right? So that's a tablespoon short of being half of a cup of sugar. Now most of the sugar isn't even coming from food, it's coming from sugar sweetened beverages like soda, right? So if people are getting many of their calories from high sugar, highly processed foods, then they're probably not eating a ton of whole foods, right? Now I know that we have people calling from all over on this call today, but if you had to guess how many Americans actually eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day, what percentage would you guys say? I'd love, you know, for you to just head over the Chatbox, take a guess. Again, you know, head on over there and if you had to guess, out of all of the Americans, what percentage would you say gets the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day? Okay, so I'm seeing a good range here. I'm seeing 20%, 10%, 5%, 20%. We're definitely averaging here at around 20%. >> Yeah, so many guesses coming through. This is great. Yeah, that's not a pop quiz, you know, it's just fun to kind of get a sense of what everyone expects. And we know that some of you are from the America, some aren't so, you know, it may be easier for some of us to guess. But I'm looking through right now, and like Tessa said, yeah, we're looking at, you know, an average around 20% was the guess. Here is the answer. I wish I could do a little drumroll but it's actually only 9%. So 9% of Americans meet the recommended servings for fruits and vegetables each day, just let that soak in, you know. I don't know the total number of people but in the US, it's like 350 million. So it's probably double or triple of that. It's only 9% and that's just an average too. So that means that depending on where you are it may actually be even lower than 9%. So that's really staggering and, you know, what does that tell us. So, you know, it tells us that even before class starts in October, you guys, this group, you know, it seems like a very engaged group, you know that fruits and vegetables help to reduce inflammation, you know that they are a great source of things, like vitamin C, which is a major antioxidant, they have tons of different phytonutrients that can help reduce inflammation as well, and they have things like potassium in them, which in fact, you know, inadequate dietary potassium tends to be a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease which happens to be the leading cause of death in the US. So that's a pretty staggering statistic to kind of let sink in because, you know, not only are people missing out on, you know, the anti-inflammatory effects, of including adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables in their diet, you know, which may look slightly different for everyone but it's about two-ish cups of fruit and about two cups of vegetables daily. But, you know, these foods are likely to be displaced by, you know, highly processed foods, you know, which we were discussing. So not only are people are not getting the benefits of fruits and vegetables, they're actually replacing it by eating foods that are actually promoting inflammation. So it, you know, ends up being a pretty dubious situation, especially for, you know, chronic diseases. All right. So again, staggering statistic, it may be different in different countries, but I think overall we're kind of seeing this trend, you know, more processed foods coming in, less fresh foods being eaten. And just to kind of poll the group, you know, I'd love to get to hear what you guys think about this and a really good question I think I'd like to ask would be that, you know, because people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, what else is someone missing out on if they're not eating fruits and vegetables in their diets besides, you know, the anti-inflammatory benefits we talked about, the vitamin C, antioxidants, can you think of anything else that you may be lacking in your diet and in your life if you're not eating fruits and vegetables? Okay, I'm seeing a resounding fiber, fiber, fiber, water, fiber. Yes, exactly, just what I thought. You guys were on point there. I'm seeing some trace minerals, I'm also seeing some good forms of carbohydrates. We have Chanel has a insightful comment too, she's saying that "You may overall just be lacking a healthy lifestyle." So yeah, there's a correlation between, you know, not eating, you know, fruits and vegetables and just not living a generally healthy lifestyle in general. So awesome share, guys. I see a lot more coming through. I see some people saying good fats, good bacteria. Fantastic. Tessa, what do you think about all this? >> Yeah, well, I'm really glad to see that a lot of you said fiber. And I mean, you guys know that if you aren't eating fruits and vegetables, you know, you're not going to be getting enough fiber in the diet. So again, using a stat for the US, but the average American barely gets half of the recommended amounts of fiber in their diet each day. So I know a lot of you wrote in fiber, it sounds like you guys really know what you're talking about. I'd like to know, does anyone want to type in why fiber is so essential to the diet? So Patricia says for digestion. Exactly. Good. "Digestion, digestion, and elimination." Awesome. Yeah, so there are a few reasons why it's so incredibly important, and we're definitely going to get more into this in the curriculum, obviously, but I'll just mention a few here. So first, it helps us to feel satisfied after a meal, right? It helps us to feel full, which means, you know, we tend to eat less overall. So the more fiber you include in your diet, the lower your risk of heart disease and the more likely you are to have a healthy weight. So fiber also helps to, of course, you know, support digestive regularity, as a lot of you mentioned, and it helps to lower cholesterol, and it supports the healthy gut microbiome by helping to feed the good bacteria in our guts. So if we're not getting enough of this in our diets, we're much more at risk for high cholesterol, obesity, something called dysbiosis, which refers to an imbalance of the types of bacteria present in our gut, as well as different conditions of the gut, like diverticulitis and even cancers of the GI tract, right? So all of these over time can increase risks for chronic conditions. But, you know, here's the thing, these problems aren't necessarily unique to the US. Highly processed foods are replacing traditional diets, you know, across the globe, which are generally very high in whole foods, like fruits and vegetables all over the world. So I'm just curious because we have a real international crowd here. Has anybody seen this firsthand? You know, go and share, you know, if you're seeing highly processed foods replacing traditional diets and maybe also mention where you're seeing this. This is a really important perspective that I think, you know, we'd love to see. Yeah. So that's really good. Cynthia's saying in schools, which I know a lot of us can really relate to, especially if we're teachers or parents, you really see this pop up. That's a really great answer. I'm seeing college, schools. Yeah, a lot of people are really on board and they understand that fast food is taking over. Yeah, canned vegetables instead of fresh are heavily used, and I know we see that a lot in schools. So let's see where else. Yeah, Patrice said airports, which I think is really an important one to note. I feel like it's slowly getting better every time I go to the airport, you know, maybe I can find something but, you know, we definitely have a high standard for healthy eating and airports that definitely seem a bit behind. Amusement parks, definitely. A lot of people are really seeing schools, and then again, I'm sure we're noticing that if we're teachers or parents, it's definitely prevalent and, you know, we cover a lot about that in the curriculum as well. So I think you guys will really like what's coming up. Excellence. >> Yeah, so many great shares and I can totally relate with a lot of these. I have like an interesting follow-up question that I'm just going to throw out there in case anyone has anything they want to share, but because this is such an international school, I'd love to know, like if you've noticed like your own local cuisine changing over the last, like few years and maybe the last decade, like if you're living in, you know, a country where you've, you know, typically a traditional diet and you're starting to see kind of the processed food, the fast food creeping in, I'd love to just know what country you are and kind of what the experience is. I think it'd be interesting to hear 'cause we do have people in all corners of the globe here. Okay, I wasn't sure if I was going to get any answers here. We have Gina saying, she's seeing this in Mexico. Oh, this is interesting with something, "Definitely more farm-to-fork restaurants popping up as a unique and new dining experience." So it's almost like we're seeing two extremes here. We're seeing some areas where there's, you know, more processed foods coming in, like we have Gina saying in Mexico but then we also have places where we're starting to see more farm-to-table and more vegan options popping up. If you're in, like the New York City area, I'm saying someone in the Connecticut area. It's also becoming polarized in Scandinavia. We're seeing from Silja. We have Patricia in Panama saying, "There's is a lot of restaurants like McDonald's, Krispy Kreme, etcetera, coming." Yeah, that's kind of what I imagine. I'll give you one more second here in case anyone else has something to share about this topic. I know when I'm traveling more, you know, I grew up going to Europe a lot. And the more I'm going now, yeah, I'm seeing more McDonald's popping up. Okay, we have Rashi saying, "I live in the US but I'm Indian. When I go to visit, fast food, processed food is definitely taking over big cities in India." Wow, that's really fascinating. Same thing with... And I'm sorry if I'm mispronouncing your name. "I live in LA but I'm originally from Turkey, Istanbul, same thing is happening there." She's seeing more vegan restaurants. So yeah, I think we're seeing like a polarity here. But yeah, I was just curious to know what people's experiences were in their local areas. So thank you guys so much for sharing. You know, as we see here, and as Tessa and I were talking about, I think you guys kind of get the point, you know, that diet plays such a major role in our health and just overall wellness. But even with the best diet, in the best case scenario where you are, you know, way above than 9% of the population getting the fruits and vegetables and your diet is looking pretty good, it's not... You're not only considering just your diet but also how your lifestyle's affected by other things. So there's other pieces of the puzzle beyond food that are affecting people's overall health and wellness. And this is why a key component of the program and what we teach here includes primary food. So if you guys haven't had a chance to kind of go through the orientation and fundamentals, primary foods are the factors that nourish us off of the plate. So these are areas of life, like relationships, spirituality, physical activity, and much more. And you're going to learn a lot about primary food throughout the program. For me, it was one of the most insightful things to learn because when I started the program, I was very one-track minded. When it came to nutrition and it was like, I was missing the mark, I was like really trying hard to eat well but I was, you know, didn't realize that my sleep was suffering, and I was working a job I didn't love, you know, some of my relationships were a bit tarnished, and all that was impacting my overall health. But until I learned the concept of primary food, I was kind of blind to all that. So I think it's going to be really beneficial for you guys to learn about this throughout the year, and it's also, you know, personally as a coach, being able to teach this concept to my clients and to explore all areas of their life, that's where you see kind of the magic happen in the transformation. All right, so I'm just curious again, from this group, you know, diet aside, does anyone want to type in some other factors that affect our health? So outside of just diet, does anyone want to name a few more of those, like primary food or other areas of life that affect our overall health? Okay, yes, I'm seeing Sarah with stress, Courtney with stress, Marie with anxiety. We have physical activity, self-worth, sleep, yep, sleep is a huge one, things like drug and alcohol use. Wow. I've Lisa sharing that this is a big reason, "These primary foods are a big reason why I'm taking the course" and she shared that her aunt graduated a year ago, that's so cool. And that's kind of, you know, what we call the ripple effect in action, right? It's like, you know, someone like your aunt may take the program and she may pass along the knowledge to you, get you excited, and then look, you know, that's a potential what you can do to. So that's why this program in this school, to me, it's so humbling just to know the far-reaching effects that this knowledge and this training program can have. So I'm so glad that you decided to join us, Lisa, that's so cool and you can tell your aunt that we said hi. That's great. I'll read a bit more. People are saying environmental exposures, spiritual wellbeing. Awesome. Yeah, so many great comments coming through. But I think, you know, the one that I saw the most probably about 50% in the comments was stress, right? And, you know, if we're adding a ton to our plates, and I think we are in this current climate of just, you know, being connected on social media and always having to be busy and kind of stressed out, you know, things like self-care and physical activity often fall through off the wayside, right? For me, it's the first thing to go, when I start getting busy and start getting stressed, Tessa knows, you know, I'll avoid the gym for a few days. So, you know, it's really important that we are focusing on these things. And I think this is something that people outside of this group 'cause this group seems very enlightened, you know, people, the general public doesn't realize this, you know, just how much stress plays a role in our overall health. Because high stress, you know, it's associated with things like weight gain, hormonal imbalance, you know, we actually have a hormone health course, which is one of our advanced courses that you can take after the program and you can learn a little bit more about that. But it definitely affects your hormones, you know, increases blood pressure, increases inflammation as you guys know, and it can even lower good cholesterol. You know, some other factors to consider is another, you know, staggering stat that only about one in five adults actually meet the physical activity guidelines. So yeah, it's painting a kind of a grim picture, we're not getting our fruits and vegetables, a lot of people aren't exercising adequately. So when you really put all this together and look at the bigger picture, you know, people aren't eating enough whole foods, they're, you know, eating too many highly processed foods, they're not moving enough, and they aren't managing their stress, and they're likely not to be sleeping well either. And, you know, it's no wonder we're in this kind of healthcare crisis and, you know, as a whole, our health is really suffering. Again, this has been why health coaching is so important in this moment in history. You know, and there's a lot of factors, you know, at play here. You know, we know here at IIN that health is multidimensional, but I think the emphasis, you know, in the healthcare system, you know, at large here, it's focused on treating diseases, right? I'm sure a lot of you have noticed that, I noticed a lot of documentaries and a lot of more information coming out about that and, you know, it's only recently that we started to focus on, you know, preventative health, you know, by helping people to just adopt healthier habits overall, especially early on. And again, this is why health coaching is so needed right now and I know, you know, personally, I'm out in the field, I'm talking to my potential male clients, I'm talking to, you know, people in my community, and yeah, there's such a need for this type of service. You know, as you guys, you know, start learning more and you start working with your clients to help them, you know, eat more whole foods, less processed foods, you get them to move a little bit in their bodies in an authentic way, you teach them tactics and tools, you know, to manage their stress. When you're doing that, you're doing so much to help their physical health. But as Health Coaches, we do that and we also offer additional value by holding our clients accountable, supporting them, you know, while they work to kind of change some of their behaviors and ingrain behaviors. And also, as a Coach, you're simply offering them the opportunity to truly be heard and empowered by letting them take control of their own health, which, you know, as we're seeing that the current healthcare system doesn't really do. So there's so much value and so much that you're doing as Health Coaches. >> Yeah, well said, Jon. And, you know, this is exactly why Health Coaches are so essential right now. So many people know that they should eat fruits and vegetables, that they should workout, that they should manage their stress, right? But they have a difficult time actually doing it because changing our behavior is difficult, right? So I'd like to just know, you know, have any of you ever tried to adopt a health-related behavior and just had a hard time sticking with it? You know, first I'd like to know just what the behavior or habit was that you were trying to adopt, whether it was a diet or just implementing something into your lifestyle, and then I'd really like to know also what happened, you know, what barriers made it hard for you to adopt it for good. You know, I know with me, years ago, I was introduced to the concept of raw foods and I remember I felt so enlightened by it, you know, it made perfect sense, you know, I read a whole book on it, you know, I got rid of everything in my fridge, and just went out and bought fruits and vegetables, and everything I needed to be a perfect raw foodist. But then over time, I remember it started to feel really time consuming. Also, you know, it was kind of a hard thing to keep up with necessarily because the fruits and vegetables, they wouldn't stay. And then I remember, fall came, and I started to realize that I needed, you know, although many aspects of the raw food was really serving me, I also needed certain other things like broth or even, you know, certain types of like animal meat and that's really where I started to realize that maybe I'm not a complete raw foodist and then it definitely dropped off for me. So that's my example. I'd love to just know, you know, how many of you have over, you know, your years of just learning about health and wellness have had a similar experience. All right. Great. So I have Marjolein saying, "Drinking no more alcohol during weekdays and it was and it's still hard because of the nice events and parties during the week and wanting to fit in with friends." Yeah, we can absolutely relate to that. You know, we live in New York, it's a very fast-paced lifestyle, we have lots of friends, there's always events going on and, you know, you can announce these things and really have the intention of sticking with them. And then that moment where, you know, somebody says, "Come out to dinner, you know, it's a Wednesday" and, you know, there's a little bit of wine and some cheese, you know, it can be really difficult to stick with that. So that's a great example. >> Yes, it does that to me. So I hear you, Marjolein. >> Great example. Obviously, we can relate. So let's see what else. Debbie says, "Hard to stick to diets when out to eat or at a friend's house or parties." So yeah, really a similar example, right? You know, our intentions can be so pure to stick to these things because, you know, we know that it's the best thing for ourselves, but really, lifestyle can sort of change that and interfere a bit. So keep them coming, guys. This is really interesting. I'd love to just read a few more off here. All right, this one's great. Rashi says, "Drinking more water. The barrier was that I craved other beverages instead." Yeah, that's a really interesting one. I actually had a client who went through something similar. That's the perfect example, right, because your cravings are really telling you something. And I wonder if you, you know, were able to explore that. I'd love to learn sort of more about your journey with that process, Rashi, if you want to share. But I'll move on and read a few more off here. Yeah, this is a really common one that I think we see a lot. Jessica says, "Working long hours and having to eat the not healthy work food." Absolutely. Things like Seamless make it easier than ever to just have, you know, Pad Thai or whatever else delivered straight to you when you're super, super hungry and you don't have much time. And I think that that's a really good example, especially, you know, when we all have full-time jobs or, you know, we're working to meet a deadline, that can really be the first thing to drop off, so I think that that's a really good call. And I'll read one more. This is such a good one. Katie said, "Fasting, I felt so deprived and sorry for myself." Yeah. >> Yeah, that's not an easy one. Yeah, and I see one other... Someone shared a specific diet, and so they tried the keto diet, it's too difficult. They couldn't stand that much protein. So that's a good example of bio-individuality that you're going to learn a lot about throughout the year. >> Yeah. And, you know, these are all things that you may eventually have clients discussing with you, right? So what I think this gets at is that changing our behavior can be really tough. It also isn't always that straightforward, right? So it may take a few different strategies and a few different tries to really stick with it, but a Health Coach who can be there supporting you as you begin to change your habits can make an enormous difference. So it's one thing to have your physician, let's say, tell you that you should exercise more, but it's a completely different thing for you to get out there and figure out how to do it, let alone try and stick with it, right? So it's just not as easy as it sounds, and this is really where those Health Coaches come in, this is where you guys come in. They not only help people to explore strategies for implementing new behaviors that will support their health related goals, but they also hold their clients accountable and they help them to consider their health holistically. >> Completely, yeah. And, you know, here at the school, a lot of my team members in Student Success are all Health Coaches, Tessa is in health coaching, you know, we're out there, we see this firsthand. And really, you know, the training that you're going to get is tried-and-true and you're going to learn, you know, how to help your clients make these small changes and how to start implementing better habits and better foods into their diets slowly over the course of time because as we see, and a lot of you shared so many great examples of trying to make great changes and, you know, I have long lists of things that I've tried that have failed. You know, just think if you had somebody with you who, you know, has gone through the journey before, has the resources that you guys are going to have having gone through the program and the coaching skills and the techniques along the way, you would have avoided a lot of pitfalls, and you would have been a lot more successful. And just, you know, having someone to hold you accountable and to make it fun, you know, it's so much more sustainable. So really, that's why I love health coaching and that's why I love this program so much is 'cause I've seen all this in action for years and I've seen the good. It's done in my client's lives and the ripple effects it has to their families and their communities, and it just gets me so jazzed and excited for new classes, like you guys coming in 'cause I know the potential is so great. And we're already seeing how engaged and how fun this group is. So I know you guys are going to go on to do great things. We're now approaching what is my favorite part of the call which is the live Q&A section. So this is your chance, you know, I'm sure you have a lot of questions, maybe some anxieties or concerns. I know when we're starting something new, you know, it can be really exciting but also very anxiety inducing. This is your time to share that. You know, we'll address as many questions and, you know, comments as we can. And I know Erin is going to be in the Questions box as well answering your questions one-on-one. But Tessa and I will go through, we'll pick out what we think will help the larger group, but there's no question, no comment too big or small. You know, go ahead and share, we'll try to get to as many as possible. And I'd love to just kind of know, you know, where you guys are at, you know, what you're questioning, what your concerns are so we can address them here. All right. Let's see. I see a few coming through. Yes, we'll give you guys some moments here to kind of collect your thoughts. So I see some questions and then maybe Erin will address them. I see a lot of like coaching specific questions about like what to do with certain clients, how to get clients after the program. So I'm not going to address those right now 'cause it's really what this training program is all about, so you're going to be learning about this the whole, you know, throughout the six or seven months that you're in the program, and you're going to get resources, you're going to get examples. So we're really going to address that throughout the program, but maybe Erin will chime in a little bit here to address one-on-one. All right. All right, so I have some just like basic questions about how to access your student account, and I know it can be a little bit confusing and I want to just address it now because if you just go on Google and type in like Integrative Nutrition, you may end up on the wrong websites. So take note of your sign-in page. I'm going to read it off now. This is the URL if you're going to go on the web version of your student portal. So the URL is, and edlumina is spelled E-D-L-U-M-I-N-A. So again, it's And you'll see, we'll be emailing you, you know, before your program starts and then every week when a new module comes out, we're going to send you an email just giving you a heads up of, you know, what's to come that week, you know, there's specific, you know, checklist of things that you should be working on, you'll see it in that email as well, and we'll always include the link to your Learning Center account. So if you're ever confused about where to sign in, you can check there. But for now if anyone has not gone into their student account on the web version of the student portal, it's And then to piggyback on that, I see a few questions asking about the app. So we do have an app. It's only for handheld devices. So your smartphones, your iPads, your tablets, your androids. And just take note of the app, maybe if you have your phone in front of you, you know, you can search for it right now in your App Store, but the app is called IIN Learning Center 2.0. So IIN Learning Center 2.0. And again, you'll see a lot of other versions of the app. You don't need to download any other apps, just the 2.0 version. So you can head in there if that's something that interests you. You know, we do find it's easy if you're going to be commuting or you're traveling, you know, and you're using a handheld device, you know, the best kind of user experiences through that app. But now you guys know there's the web version and there's the app version. All right, it looks like Tessa grabbed a question that she likes. I'm going to pass it over and I'm going to head into the Chatbox myself and see if I can find a good one. >> Yeah, great. We have a lot of awesome questions coming in, guys. Keep them coming. Now is really the time to get a lot of those sort of burning questions out. I'm seeing that a lot of you are asking questions, you know, how many hours a week do you recommend of study, you know, some people are saying how long does each module take to complete. And I think this kind of all covers the same sort of topic. Now this is a really good question, especially for you guys because you're in the accelerated program, right? So you're going to have two modules released every week. Now typically, we say each module takes roughly five to seven hours per week. That's on average. And, you know, it really depends where you are in the course, like initially you're going to find that, you know, the content is a lot more foundational because it's sort of laying down those initial core concepts but, you know, by the time you're halfway through the course, you'll really be delving pretty deep and you'll probably need to spend a little more time with a lot of the lectures. Now again, that's per module, so this is going to be double time for you. I would say probably around 10 hours per week, maybe a little bit more just depending on your style, you know, and it also really depends on assignments. So, you know, during areas where, you know, there will be quizzes, you know, certain homework assignments, and, you know, most importantly, tests, you know, it might be a little bit more. So the tests happen after every 10 modules. So for you guys again, that's going to be coming up a lot quicker than in the year-long program. That does give you a little bit of some extra time to catch up on your modules though. And the one piece of advice that I would really recommend if you haven't done this already, is to go over to the Documents section of your Learning Center and get that course schedule. That is probably the most important thing in terms of organization that you have. So that's going to show you when every module is released for you, it's going to show you when every test is, when your Coaching Circles are, it's going to show you when your Health Histories are released, it's also going to show you when certain resources are released, you know, 'cause periodically, as the time approaches, you know, for instance, when it's time to start doing Health Histories, we're going to release all of those resources to you and so that'll give you a really good snapshot as to when that's going to happen. This is just, again, such an important document. We recommend that every student in the Health Coach Training Program print this out, have it just constantly look at it, and especially for you guys 'cause again, this is going to be moving at a much faster pace for you and I know you're all prepared for that, but that's going to really kind of help you, you know, get your ducks in a row. So really good questions, guys. And let's see what other questions we have rolling in here. Okay, excellent. What I'm doing right now is just looking for questions that are really relevant to where you are right now. So, you know, your course has not started yet. I think a lot, like what Jon was saying, a lot more of the deeper health coaching questions, Erin will help answer. But really, for right now, you know, the course is going to really cover all of this and it's helpful to remember that this is a training, right? So all of this is going to be presented to you in the time that it needs to be, and really what I would say right now is because I can tell this is a really excited and eager crowd, just trust in this process. You know, we've built out this curriculum to train you to become a Health Coach. So all of these questions surrounding clients and, you know, what to charge, that's all in there. You know, this is a Health Coach training, so really trust in that process, that's my general advice, like we definitely don't want to put the cart before the horse right now. But here's a really relevant question that's kind of related to, you know, your course schedule. "What are the graduation requirements?" So it maybe if some of you haven't really looked into this yet, I'm happy to just briefly outline that for you. So first, there are the tests, they show up after every 10 modules. Now we highly recommend, of course, that you take every test. But in order to meet your graduation requirements, you must pass two out of the four tests with a score of 70% or higher. Now you'll have two weeks span, one week, I'm sorry, you're in the accelerated program. You'll have a one week span to take this test. And here's the good thing though. You have two attempts. You know, so you'll take it once whatever your score is, you know, if you're satisfied with it, great, if you kind of want to give it another shot, you have that second attempt. And, you know, the tests aren't designed to really trip you up, they really are meant to kind of solidify that information because what we really want is for you to be successful here and really have all of this information really sink in. So we're not... It's not the kind of test where we're trying to trick you, in fact, you know, you can think of it almost as open book really. So that's the first graduation requirement. Again, you must pass two out of the four tests. The other is your Coaching Circles. So you'll attend at least four out of the six Coaching Circles. Now you're Coaching Circles scheduler opens up on February 25th. So again, you'll see this in your course schedule. Just know that that's the time that you'll sign up for a day and time that works best for you. We accommodate all different time zones, so don't worry about that. And as long as you attend four out of six of those, you'll meet your graduation requirements in terms of that. But the Coaching Circles are a really great opportunity to meet with an expert coach, get to know some of your classmates. I think you're all going to really enjoy them and get a lot out of them, so try to attend all six. And then six Health Histories. Now you're about to learn, you know, in the coming weeks what a Health History is, it's basically a consultation, it is really the backbone of what we do as Coaches, and that's really where a lot of this practice is going to come in. You're going to be practicing a lot of them. So it won't be hard to submit six of these, but just so that you know the deadline for that it's at the end of your course, and so for you guys specifically, that will be... Let's see April 22nd. But again, you'll also be submitting them as you go, so no worries there. You know, as long as you're doing them, which you will be, they're really easy to submit. All right, so, Jon... I see Jon sees a few questions here. I'm going to pass it over. >> Yeah. And, you know, we covered a lot right now about the graduation requirements and Tessa was so thorough explaining them all to you. I would say, you know, it's good to be aware of all of them but just know that you can kind of put a pin in all of those, look at the course schedule to see when they are coming up in the program. But for now you get to focus on, you know, the weeks ahead and then the starting the program and, you know, maybe even just have your eye on that first test as a good marker. And I see a few good questions. I mean, one... Tessa had kind of just addressed now, but I got a few people who are like, "How do I speak to a successful coach or how do I get in touch with my mentor?" That's really... The Coaching Circles are really the time where you are in a small group setting, getting individual attention from, you know, a successful coach who's been through the program, who's seen success in the field. We strategically put it toward the end of your program when you've learned the most about business and marketing and how to kind of tie everything we've been teaching you together. So that's an invaluable time. In the meantime though, you know, you do have the Student Success Team here, which I'm a part of, which Erin is a part of, we're all out there in the field. I've been coaching for four or five years, Erin's been cooking at retreats and doing retreat work and he is studying to become a dietitian. We have other people on my team who have launched products, and we're all in it and we're all very passionate. So in the meantime, when you have questions about health coaching or, you know, about the program or any kind of concerns or anxieties about anything, and I see a lot of those questions coming through about, you know, how much to charge clients or when can we start working with paid clients, etcetera, you can reach out to us directly. And before we end the call, we'll let you know how to do that. But just know that we're here for you every step of the way. So we have the Student Success Team to help you, we have Tessa as a course advisor, we have other course advisors, we have our Education Department, we have this whole huge group here who love, you know, the students and love, you know, what the program is all about and the mission, and just know that we're here for you. All right. What other questions are coming through? I see some people asking, you know, "The course doesn't start until October 15th, what can I be doing in the meantime to set myself up for success?" So between now and October 15th, first of all, you know, you're in the right place now, you're on this call, which is the right thing or if you're listening to the recording, that's great. But really the pre-course material that's in your account now is there for you to review and to work through between now and October 15th, and that's your orientation module and then fundamentals one, two, three, and four, they're going to answer a lot of the questions you may have, they're really going to introduce, you know, the visiting teachers here at the program. Joshua, who is the founder, you'll hear from him. And it's going to give you an idea of kind of, you know, the foundation and the key concepts that you're going to learn throughout the year. So if you haven't started working through those modules, you do have plenty of time, but I would get in there soon and work your way through all of them before the first day of class on the 15th, that will set you up for success. Other things you could be doing, we do have your class Facebook group that a lot of you have joined already. If you haven't yet joined the Facebook group, it is the best place to meet and connect with your fellow students, to be engaged with folks in the Education Department throughout the program, and it's a really good place to just kind of share. And I know I loved being able to add to the discussions and kind of chime in on how I was doing throughout the program, just to have that kind of external source of inspiration and to kind of encourage each other 'cause this is such a great group. You're going to find all that on the class Facebook group. Now if you haven't joined the Facebook group yet, the way you do it is you head over to the Connect section of your student account, and from there, you'll see a link to your class Facebook page. And just make sure you're signed in to your profile on Facebook and you'll request to join. And we have Noah who is like your Facebook mentor, who is going to be with you throughout the program. He is in there accepting, you know, the right people from this class into the group. It is a private group, so only you and your classmates will be a part of it, no one else will see anything you post in there. So it's just a really good safe space to share and to stay engaged. For those of you who are saying, "Well, I don't like Facebook." We get a lot of calls from people who say, you know, it's not for them. You know, one, it's not mandatory that you join the Facebook group, we do encourage you to 'cause it's a good sense of community. But we do have a lot of people who just sign up for Facebook solely for the purpose of using that Facebook group, you know, they're not engaged with anyone else and then maybe after the, you know, program is over, they may, you know, terminate their account or maybe at that point, they would have learned more about Facebook and, you know, started using it for business reasons. But if you're in that boat, it's totally fine to just sign up, you know, put the private settings up in your account and just join the group specifically. All right, we have, you know, time for about one or two more questions. Looks like Tessa grabbed a good one, so I'm going to pass it over to her. >> There's so many great questions coming in. I love how eager you guys are and excited. And I see a lot of people asking, "When can we start seeing clients?" And although again, I don't... You know, we sort of want to put a pin in that right now just because, you know, your training hasn't quite yet begun, but I can tell you guys that, technically speaking, you'll get your mid certificate badge on February 11th, so that's half way through your course, that's when you'll technically be able to start seeing clients. So at least, you can sort of know that for now it's really an exciting thing. And again, you know, all of this training is really going to prepare you for that moment, so if you're following along, it'll seem seamless 'cause at that point, you'll be practicing your Health Histories, all of the training is really designed in a specific way to set you up for that moment. So my biggest piece of advice right now is to go in, take a look at your orientation and your fundamentals, get acquainted with your course schedule, get acquainted with the entire Learning Center. And then, yeah, your class will start mid-October and, you know, your training will begin. And for you guys I think you'll get a lot out of it pretty quickly because, you know, it is moving faster than the regular Health Coach Training Program. >> Awesome. Yeah, I completely agree, Tessa. And yeah, those are the small steps that you can take right now and just to reiterate 'cause we can't say this enough, you know, you have the Student Success Team here to reach out to between now and when your course starts and then anytime throughout the program. So some of you, you know, we covered a lot in this call, right? And, you know, Tessa and I are so excited for you to get started. But, you know, you may have some questions afterwards like, "Wait, what was the thing that Tessa mentioned?" Or, you know, "Where am I supposed to go to the Facebook group?" That's where you can reach out to the Student Success Team, and we're happy to help you. And I personally am so excited to speak with a lot of you, you know, over the phone. I think this group is really engaged and that we're getting so many questions about like the business side of this and people wanting to get out there and make a difference and start working with clients, you know, as soon as possible. And those are my favorite conversations because I went through all of this myself. I've, you know, worked on my niche market, I launched my business, I've, you know, started working on retreats, launched group programs, I've done all these things with no background in nutrition or business. I did all that just from this program, so I'm always excited and more than happy to chat with anyone about that. So for now that's all the time we have. I'm so excited to meet all of you on this call. I look forward to speaking with you soon. And I wish you luck between now and October 15th, and I'm so excited for you guys to get started then. >> Excellent. Thank you all so much for joining us today. Hopefully, we'll see you, you know, on your check-in calls in the program. We look forward to connecting with you again soon. And good luck. And enjoy the Health Coach Training Program. Thanks again, guys. Have a great day.

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