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11.8.18 HCTP Jan18 Check-In Call #10

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>> Broadcast is now starting. All attendees are in Listen Only mode. >> Hey, everyone, and welcome to your monthly check-in call. My name is Shauna, and I work on our Education Team, and I focus on our nutrition and health curriculum. We're really excited to be connecting with you all today. We also have my friend Jamie on the line who also works on the Education Team and she focuses on our amazing advanced courses. So on this call, we'll, just like always, go over some of what you've been learning during the past month, we'll talk about some things that are coming up and you'll have the opportunity to ask us whatever questions you may have at the end of the call. Before we dive in, let's just make sure we know how to use the Chatbox. So if at any time during the call you have a question or comment, you can always go to the GoToWebinar control panel in the Questions Chatbox. Go ahead, type whatever is on your mind there, and Jamie and I are going to do our best to address everything. We also have Anne with us from the Student Success Department, and she's going to help us out by answering some questions as well. All right, so why don't we get started? It looks like some of you are already to rock. Go ahead, type your name and where you're calling from into that Questions Chatbox and I'm going to read a few off. Great. We have Charmaine from the Bahamas, Marilyn from Connecticut, Yvonne from Jamaica, Maleka from South Korea, Rifki from Belgium, Alicia from Miami, Meghan from Switzerland, Lorena from Albuquerque, Kate from Drexel Hill, Jasmine from LA, Bob from London, Dana from Missouri, Don from Colorado, Gina from Columbus, Mississippi. Becky from Austin, Shana from New Mexico, Samantha from New Jersey, Laurie from Upper Michigan, Chelsea from San Fran. We have Noelle from Northern California, Sheila from South Carolina, Mel from Florida, Diana from Myrtle Beach. Wonderful. I hope you guys are all having wonderful weather today. So many of you are calling in from so many cool places, so really happy that you are fitting us into your schedule and that you're joining us today. Why don't we get started? And we're going to talk a little bit about the curriculum. >> Great. So hi, everybody. It's Jamie here, so great to be with you all today. And first of all, it's pretty unbelievable that we're already nearing the end of HCTP, so we want to take this time to check in with you all before we take a deep dive into all the material. What have you been working on this month? Are there any wins you'd like to share, anything you're having trouble with? Whatever you're feeling, whatever's going on for you, whatever's been going on over the past month, just share something in the Questions box and we'll read a few and celebrate those wins. So as we like to say, here at IIN, let's start with some new and good. So you can think about that and then type in your responses. Becky is loving the Coaching Circles. Awesome. Yeah, so many people find that a great addition to their learning. Anybody else? More Coaching Circles. "Loving the Coaching Circle..." I get that. Meghan, "I was loving the Coaching Circles." That's awesome. Sheila said, "I took my first test for hormone health and passed." So great. Good for you. Donna said, "Excitement, clarity, and some overwhelm, but, you know, mix of things." That's perfectly normal. Tina says, "Loving seeing results in first client and I have another paid client waiting to start." Awesome. Good for you. Megan says, "Collaborating with other Health Coaches." That's amazing. And we can't emphasize that enough. It's so tempting to... Because it can be uncomfortable, right, to kind of put yourself out there and network and collaborate, but it's so beneficial to do that and to really learn from each other, so great. Rifki says, "I started with a new client and it was great, exciting, and nervous. Working myself on the Circle of Life." So yes, always working on that personal transformation as well. A lot of people are loving the health Coaching Circles. Maleka had a new client sign up for 6-Month Program. Congratulations. Alicia says, "I was ready to do talks on primary food and how food changes everything." Wonderful. Congratulations. It's so exciting. Agatha says, "My product made it to Walmart! Super excited!" That's amazing. >> Congratulations. >> I would love to know more about that, what the product was. Nicholas says, "I did my first Health History as I have classmates and it went really well. They said they would never have known I was still in school." Yeah, sometimes it just takes one or two people to really, you know, give you that boost of confidence that you need to keep taking those steps forward. Let's see. Wendy says, "Started my first day at integrative practice as a Health Coach." Wow. Congratulations. That's a big step forward. Noelle got a huge compliment about being so supportive and fun from a client. Wonderful. And Megan's still working and trying to find new clients and new groups. "Would love to talk more about finding clients." So yes, we'll try to circle back around to that. Marilyn says, "Excited to start collaborating with an IIN graduate." Wonderful. Great. So it sounds like there's a lot of new and good going on. Thank you so much all of you for sharing. And sounds like a lot of you have had some real positive and helpful strides forward over the past month. Great. So let's start with some recap of the material. In Module 32, we talked a lot about the idea, not only of aging, but of aging well, and these are really two completely different things. Have you ever met someone who seemed much older than they actually are or what about the opposite? Someone you meet who's just, you know... I have an aunt, and as a friend of mine puts it, she's just so full of life and you would never guess that she's as old as she is because she seems so much younger. People always say that aging is a state of mind, and of course, you know, we're all getting older, but I think our ideas of what aging means can really be challenged and thought about in different ways because people are living longer, which is wonderful. Excuse me. But even though that's true, many people have fewer years of actually being healthy. So I'm guessing that you probably know what I mean. Getting older and staying healthy, they don't always go hand in hand, but we did learn about a few places where that's the norm. Does anyone remember what some of the Blue Zones are? If you do, go ahead and type that in the Questions box. What were some of the Blue Zones? This is one of my favorite topics, and someday, I'm going to move to one of these places. >> Me, too. >> "Okinawa." Great. Says Meghan. Alisha says, "Costa Rica." Noelle says, "Japan." Charmaine, "Okinawa, Japan." "That was just my favorite in Italy," and Mel said, "Sardinia." So there you go. "Turkey," said Valeria. "Sardinia, Loma Linda," says Mel. Wonderful. "Central Coast California," which is Loma Linda. So great. Yes, so we have five total, including Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, and Ikaria, Greece. So each of these regions hosts some of the longest living populations in the world and there are nine characteristics that these populations share. And what's interesting is that... Well, I'll list them off first. So we have moderate regular physical activity, having a purpose or a meaningful life, managing stress, eating a more plant-based diet, moderate alcohol intake, practicing some form of religion or spirituality, and prioritizing relationships, and that means both within family relationships and beyond the family, more in the community. So a lot of these places are really community-based. Does anyone notice anything familiar about these characteristics? Go ahead and I'll just read off a few answers if you have just thoughts in general about what struck you... What struck you about this lecture or if you've been to any of these places, what did you see? >> This is one of my favorite lectures of all time. And I have traveled to Greece and Italy and really enjoyed it, and it was so cool to see some of the stuff in action, just like a different way of living. But it looks like we're getting a few answers coming in right now, which is really great. >> Great. So Diana says, "Removed from factory farming and processed foods, so more isolated in that regard." Yeah, absolutely. Just different cultures. Leah says, "How the people connect." Yeah, so going back to that community-based, you know... Here, in the US, we tend to be more individualized, but a lot of these cultures are more community-oriented. Kimberly says, "They're all part of the Circle of Life." And Charmaine very similarly said, "They seem to balance primary and secondary foods." Kate said, "A sense of joy," which I love. Yes, it's easy going back to the Circle of Life, you know, to kind of put joy in the backburner when you're trying to be really healthy all the time. And joy is really such an importance part of wellness. Alicia says, "People really slow down and have a great relationship with food." Yes, food is a celebration and a time to come together. Arky also mentioned gratitude. Yes. Valeria said, "A more simple but meaningful life." Yes. And Lorena said, "What struck me about this lecture was people kept busy into their old age. They're shattered by family and more than likely felt needed." So yeah, so again, like in the US, you know, there's not always that respect and veneration and ongoing involvement with really older parts of the population, and here in these communities, it's very different and they're still very active and very involved in, really as much as they're able, everything. Yeah, so one thing that I noticed was that, you know, it's really focused on primary food and there are just a few points that touch on secondary food. So again, thinking about that holistic idea of wellness because they really don't focus on one specific diet. Although they're mostly plant-based, there's so much variation. Some people have soy, some people have more fish, but regardless, everyone is healthy and vibrant, and it just really reinforces that idea of bio-individuality that there's no one perfect diet. So, like Shauna, I'm so fascinated by this topic. And it's funny, the two places I've also been to are Greece and Italy and same thing, it's just it's very... Everything is just very slow moving, which can be an adjustment. But I just felt like everyone enjoyed everything, life was to be enjoyed, life wasn't to be rushed through, you know, quickly from one thing to another and doing a million things. You know, the whole family gathered at lunchtime no matter what they were doing, that was just what you did and it never even seemed stressful, it was just, "Oh, we have to go home for lunch now." So great. So it sounds like some of you enjoyed this as well, and if you can have the opportunity to travel to any of these places, I really encourage you to do so and to just, you know, think about how the culture compares to the culture that you're more familiar with and what small steps you might be able to take in your own life to kind of carry those traditions back with you. But for now, I'm going to hand it over to Shauna who's going to keep us going. >> Great. So another thing that we've talked about is the idea of intimacy. So this isn't specifically included in one of the sections of the Circle of Life, but it pretty... It falls under the umbrella of relationships. And you learned in this group of modules about the value in coaching clients through their relationships in regards to intimacy. So I think one of the most valuable roles a Health Coach plays is to be a sounding board for clients to discuss their sexuality. And our culture has created such a taboo around this topic when it's really an important aspect of health and wellness. So consider for a moment how many people likely have issues or worries or even fears around sexuality but are just too ashamed to talk about it whether with their partner or a friend or they just don't know who to turn to for support. And this is something that you can really help out with as a Health Coach. So you don't have to be an expert on sexuality, you don't have to be an expert on intimacy, but by simply allowing your clients to have the opportunity to openly share in a safe environment where they know that you will be, you know, nonjudgmental and supportive, that can offer a lot of profound healing and growth in this area. So I know that this can be a tricky subject to discuss and you may be feeling totally uncomfortable with it or you're praying that maybe it doesn't come up in one of your sessions, but I'd love to get a sense of how you guys are feeling about this. If you have a client who wants to talk about intimacy, you know, maybe what kinds of high-mileage questions would you be interested in asking or how comfortable would you be with that? Is there anything that you wouldn't feel comfortable about? Whatever is on your mind, go ahead and type it out. I'd love to get a sense of what's going on. All right, it seems like everybody's even shy to talk about this. Okay, so it seems like... This is a topic that might be a little bit difficult to discuss, so you may be nervous, you may feel uncomfortable. No matter what you're feeling, it's totally normal and it may feel a little strange at first to bring up, but, you know... Okay, let's see. We're starting to get a few coming in. So Kate says, "I've become quite comfortable as it's about the client and I want to hear what they're concerned about." Perfect. Rifki says, "I wouldn't feel comfortable at all to bring the topic up, but I realize that even if you talk about only relationships, it's already very helpful." Definitely. And Maleka says, "I would love to discuss intimacy and sexuality, 100%." Great. Cool. So there's quite a range already. >> I would just love to add quickly that I think it's... I have mixed feelings about the phrase, "Fake it till you make it," but I feel like this is one area where or in other areas I feel uncomfortable, I think of, you know, if I'm talking to a physician or a coach or someone who has talked to me about something that seems uncomfortable and the way they just talk about it like they would... Like, "Oh, it's Tuesday. Great. How's your sex life?" Like it's just... They talk about the same way they talk about anything else and it really opens that space because it makes me think, "Oh, well they just talked about it really easily. I guess it's not that big of a deal." So that's something that I try to do too is try to kind of channel those people in my life who make it seem really easy even if it doesn't feel easy for me, that will help. >> Yeah, I love that. That's useful advice. And, you know, I think that when it comes to something like this and some of you are already kind of alluding to this in the Chatbox is this is something you can allow your client to kind of bring up. And, you know, of course, some clients may want to get into it, some may not, but what you can do, as a coach, is just ask those high-mileage questions and allow them to get to a place where they're able to, you know, raise self-awareness of what's going on and can explore if they'd like. But, you know, when you're asking those high-mileage questions, they kind of have the control of where they're willing to take it, and that's great. So in talking about intimacy, we had a lecture from Amy Jo Goddard on a sexually empowered life, and she talks about the importance of nurturing and increasing your sexual energy. And just out of curiosity, what do you guys think of this lecture? Again, some people might be really into it, some people may feel less comfortable with it, but whatever is going through your mind, it's all good. But she referenced nine elements of a sexually empowered life, and I'll just read them out to you just to refresh our memories. So one was rewrite your inspired sexual story. Two, release sexual shame and shed old skin. Three, nurture and increase your dynamic sexual energy. Four, show up emotionally powerful. Five, attract desire and create your sexual practice. Six, which I love, radically accept your body. Seven, develop sexual skills and remember how to play. Eight, give yourself permission to develop real erotic authenticity. And nine, build sexual confidence and come home to you. So Marilyn thought the lecture was really empowering, she's reading Amy Jo Goddard's book right now and also reached out to her to learn more about her program. That's very cool. Kate says, "Wonderful how it acknowledges the importance of being sensual, even if not automatically feeling it." Okay, Maleka says, "Because I was raised on the idea as taboo, but I had changed my mind to make room for my kids to come freely and discuss it with me." Great. "My confidence grows from that, so now I talk about it a lot with my friends." Awesome. Yurie says, "I think all of these will add an amazing amount of self-confidence for all relationships." Absolutely. Charmaine, "I thought Amy's session was very inspiring. I have always has had the mantra that you are to be you no matter what others say." Love it. So remember, intimacy is a critical component of health and wellness and, you know, even as you explore this area in your own life and how you just feel open even communicating with a partner, that can be good practice also of, you know, removing some of the taboo that may exist. But remember, you do not have to be an expert about this and your clients are just going to be relieved to have somebody to talk to and feel that they can share with. And if you have any particular questions about this, like feel free to reach out to us. But now why don't we switch gears completely and talk about the food system? >> Yes, Okay, Great. Yes. Total 180. It's going to be great. So keep that intimacy in your back pocket. We're going to move on. In Module 33, we talked about something that lends itself so well and goes hand in hand with health coaching. I'm talking about being food activist. There's so much opportunity for Health Coaches to help change the foodscape. How many of you were familiar with Vani Hari before you saw her lecture ignite your inner activist? Had any of you heard of her before? I'm guessing some of you had. I'm going to keep going, but go ahead and share as I keep talking. So I'm sure some of you have, but even if you haven't, one of the things that she makes so clear in her lecture is that anyone can be a food activist and anyone can help to change the food industry. So it's yet another example of changing your perspective on what it means to be certain things. So what does it mean to be an activist? Because this is something that you don't have to be intimidated by and you can even start in your own community. You can help to get a farmers' market going, help to increase accessibility for fresh produce, teach healthy cooking lessons, get involved in local government, you know, especially if you're from... I was going to say... Especially if you're from a small town, but even from a city, there are so many ways to get involved on different levels, you can advocate for better school food. Again, there are so many ways to initiate change. When it comes to the current global food system, and I'm sure there's a lot you want to change, but what is one thing in particular that you would like to improve? Think about... You know, think on a global level. So we'll start with that macro lens. If you can think about one thing... Rifki says... Oh, this lecture, pretty engrained in her head to get involved and getting healthier snacks for kids to take to school. Awesome. So Gina, on a global level, said food labeling. Yes. And this is an area where you can be really supportive as a Health Coach for clients in just educating them around how to read a food label because most people don't know how to do that. Jasmine says, "Quality of food, especially meat." Yes. Great. So if you're having a hard time connecting with that, and that's fine, just thinking more on a micro level, think about the food system in your community. What is something you would like to improve there? It might be the same thing, but it might be different. So is there anything anyone is looking to get involved with more in food policy maybe locally at a local level? So Shana says, "Add nutrition program and extra-curricular activities for young children." Yes, there's so many studies that show that children need nutritious food to really function optimally, and sadly, it's not always available. Elizabeth says, "Bring whole food, plant-based, healthy..." I love this. "Bring whole food, plant-based, healthy nutritious dense food to hospitals and schools." So again, two places where it's often not there. Maleka also advocating in schools. "The amount of sugar on the kids' snacks or lunches," says Yari. "Schools and daycare." says Yari. Yes, a lot of kids for sure. "More community gardens in her area," says Dana. Great. Yeah, and I'll talk about that soon. But yeah, just thinking about how to get kids involved, you know, not only feeding them, but how to get them involved with the whole process, you educate them that way, and it's really satisfying and gratifying to be part of that. "Availability of local organic fruits and vegetables year-round," says Gina. Yes. "Promote food instead of medicines," said Kate. Great. So, "Definitely teaching..." Rifki says, "Definitely teaching children what's healthy and what's not, like coloring in food, many people have no idea." Absolutely. "Cooking seminars." And Maleka says, "Here in Asia, there's a lot of MSG, so I'm trying to create chicken stock and bouillons without MSG." Wonderful. That's a really creative way to think about it too because again, there are so many ways to be an activist, and it could mean helping to create a new product or being on a committee that oversees something. Great. So sounds like a lot of you are really passionate about this. And I look forward to, you know, seeing what comes of it and where you go from here. So a lot of the things we've been talking about were mentioned by Mark Bittman in his lecture on reclaiming the food supply. Now Mark has been activist for years, and he even wrote a book called Food Matters on the idea of conscious eating. So we talked about some of the ways that the current food system... Is negatively impacting the planet. He talks about how a lot of the food choices that are good for the environment are also good for health. And I'm guessing with some of you... That a lot of you have probably noticed this as well. One of the things he called for was transparency in the food system, and this is something that more and more people are really interested in and a lot of Health Coaches are trying to unpack this is as well, just being more transparent and educating people, letting people know what's in their food, how it was made, and what may or may not have added to it. Was there anything that surprised you about this lecture that you didn't know? Is there anything that stood out to you about this? Shauna, how about you? >> Well, just as people are thinking, this idea of transparency is something that I've been thinking about a lot. There was an article that came out recently about, you know, children's breakfast cereal being recalled because it contains salmonella. So, you know, that and there are other breakfast cereals that were recalled or found to have high levels of like Roundup Ready in it too. So I think, you know, transparency in terms of how our food is produced and what's going on is really something that we need to improve for sure. >> Okay, let's see. So Kate says, "The many, many different names of sugar." Yes, absolutely. It's kind of mind-boggling, isn't it? Yvonne just pointed out that the book Food Matters is on Amazon, so if you're looking for it, you can find it there. Great. So it sounds like this was a really powerful lecture for a lot of you. But I'm going to turn it over to Shauna right now because we still have a lot to recap. >> Great. And of course, we're going to make sure that we're leaving time at the end for questions too. So if you have anything you want to bring up, again, feel free to keep it in your back pocket and ask away in a little bit. So in these modules, we also touched on social media and how to write a newsletter, and this was part of the bonus business content. So if you didn't get to it, it's all good, I'm just going to mention a few things here. When it comes to social media, lots of coaches use this as a form of marketing and a way to generate interest in their services. So platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and even Snapchat are all options for expanding your reach and showing your clients what you're all about. So I'd love to know, out of curiosity, do any of you guys currently use any of these platforms as a marketing tool in your business? Go ahead and type it in. Do you have a separate account for your business? Do you combine your business account with your personal one? Is there anything that you have learned from doing that? Jocelyn uses Instagram. Great. And if you don't have plans to use social media, it's all good. Let's see. Charmaine, she has a business account for Facebook at the moment. Rifki says, "I find social media very hard. I would like a website, but not Facebook, Instagram." It's a lot of stuff to keep track of for sure. Tracy says, "I have separate accounts for Facebook on my website." And Megan says, "I have a Facebook business page, Instagram, and newsletters along with a website." Anne uses Facebook and LinkedIn. Cool. So this is looking also very bio-individual. Maleka says, "I have Instagram for my cooking, and I am working slowly on my website." Great. Cathy mostly uses Instagram but also has a Facebook business page. Yeah, a lot of options. So if you are using social media as a marketing tool, it can seem super overwhelming at first and there is just so much information and so many different accounts and it's hard to kind of get noticed. But one of the things I think that people really respond to is when you're being authentic, like of course, people love beautiful curated images, but I think if people aren't actually connecting with your content, if they can't relate to it or if it doesn't make them feel something, then they're not going to stick with you. And I think that if you are being, you know, authentic, true to yourself, that comes across and people are more drawn to that. So one thing that can help you as you are trying to or if you decide to use social media as a marketing tool is to maybe think about a schedule of if you... Let's say you want to do one blog post a month, so you do one blog post, that can turn into maybe two, three Instagram photos, maybe that turns into an Instagram story, it turns into a Facebook page, it also turns into a blog. So think about how you can repurpose content that you already have and use it in different ways to ensure that your audience is seeing it no matter which platform that they are on. So another thing that people may decide to do if they decide to use any of these platforms as a marketing tool is to maybe offer special deals or discounts to people who follow you or maybe you might do a contest every once in a while and maybe you'll offer like a free session or, you know, "Tag a friend and I'll give you and your friend a free session if you follow me and blah, blah, blah." And there are lots of different ways to do it, but also on top of marketing tool for your potential clients, it's a great way to get in touch and network with other coaches, so people who are already in the sphere to see, you know, what they're doing, how they're doing it, what do you like about what they're offering, you know, how would you... As a bio-individual, what approach would you take? So a lot of different options. But let's kind of move on to newsletters. If you have any other questions about social media, we can certainly chat about that when we get into questions. But in terms of newsletters, is there anybody that is sending out a newsletter right now? I know at least one or two of you mentioned that you did. If you already do, great. If not, if you're thinking about it, awesome. Megan does it twice a month. That's great. Some people love it and other people think it's more of a hassle than it's worth, so it can really depend. But it can be a great way to let people, who are already interested in your work, know about any upcoming events or specials you may be having and it can also be a good way to stay visible to prospective clients. So of course, you don't want to bombard people's inboxes 'cause, you know, nobody really loves that, so you want to be mindful of the amount of content that you send and how frequently you're sending it to people. You'll also want to make sure you are sending a newsletter to people who agreed to be on your list. But they are a good way if they're timed, you know, appropriately or if, you know, people know when to expect it, maybe you do it once a week, twice a week. As long as you set those expectations for people who are signing up to your newsletter, most of them will respond well to it if you are providing quality information. So for anybody who is currently writing the newsletter, is there anything that you have learned since embarking on this? Any mistakes that you made that, you know, were a great learning experience? Any advice you would give? Would love to hear that. All right, people are thinking. But I think one thing to... One piece of advice that I might give is whatever you decide, try to keep it sustainable for you. People like consistency, so if they know that they can expect, you know, one really awesome newsletter from you a month, then that's something that they may end up, you know, really looking forward to, but if it's something that is a little bit more sporadic, your audience is more likely to kind of fall off. So that's something to definitely keep in mind. But feel free to type in. Okay, Megan says, "I use Mailchimp, it's a great tool to start out. Also, just set up a list with your address so you can play around without being nervous." Yeah, definitely. Mailchimp is pretty user-friendly and it's a great tool for sending newsletters and it's cool 'cause it allows you to see all the analytics of your newsletter, so who opened it and, you know, who deleted it right off the bat and, you know, then you can start being more strategic, you know, which subject lines were more interesting, which ones got opened more frequently or which subject lines were less interesting and maybe your audience isn't as... So then you can kind of start tailoring your messaging to what your audience is specifically interested in. But okay, why don't we move on? Jamie, how about you tell us a little bit about children's health? >> Absolutely. So also in Module 34, we're talking about children's health and wellness and in particular how to improve school food, and a lot of you share a desire to help in this area that is desperately in need of help. I know when I was a senior in high school, we got our salad bar for the first time. And it was a little dicey as salad bars would go, but it was the first really, you know, fresh produce that we had every day. I'm not sure where it came from, but it was definitely a small step in the right direction. As we talked about kids need good fuel to grow and to be able to focus and to have energy, they're constantly running around. I actually read a research study recently that said... It was talking about how kids like have the same endurance as athletes, which completely makes sense, because kids can run around all day long and they somehow do still have energy. So many kids, as you know, may eat up to two meals a day at their schools and maybe even a snack, and schools really have a huge opportunity to support children's health by making that nutritious food available. What's really inspiring is that a lot of schools are really working to improve the food they're serving students. Some of them are hiring a chef, making water more available, getting rid of soda machines, offering more fruit and vegetable options like my high school did, you know, one year I was there, and some are even serving their own food gardens, which is becoming more and more popular. But, you know, a school district doesn't always have funding for these things, so how can you, as Health Coaches, help and support this? One of the things that research shows is that the more exposed to fruits and vegetables kids are, the more likely they are to choose them. I actually just sent a book to a coworker, she was talking about how her daughter is kind of, you know, in that picky stage. It's a great book about how to make food interesting and it was making food into all these different shapes like broccoli legs and so forth. So that's a great way to kind of teach kids about healthy eating. Kids also love being involved, and if they play a role in the meal, whether they help to stir or, you know, if they wash the veggies, they're more likely to be interested in. And there's a lot that they can do, you know, that's safe for them to do. There's also another study not a long ago about a public school that started a food garden, and at first, you know, which makes sense, students thought that everything that came out of the ground was really dirty, so they preferred things that came out of a package because it was nice and clean and put together, because they were so disconnected from how food is actually grown, but throughout this program, they planted the seeds and they watered them, they weeded the garden, they watched as the flowers became vegetables, and finally, they harvested what they had planted and were so excited to eat what they grew. And they had seen these plants throughout, you know, from seeds to full grown plants. And you can imagine the look in their eyes, it's pretty magical. And as a result, their attitudes completely changed in really a short amount of time because they were exposed to the process. It had such an impact that they actually went home and taught their parents how to grow vegetables and use that in cooking. Since childhood obesity is becoming such a public health concern, really exposing children to healthy habits, it teaches them skills and shape their food preferences in ways that will affect them throughout their entire lives. So, you know, getting kids involved in cooking can really have a big impact on how they react towards a meal. Again, like kids who don't like vegetables at all, you expose them a few times, and finally, they end up eating it. Really quickly though, do any of you have any thoughts about this? Is there anything that you've tried maybe with your kids that has been helpful that you'd like to share? I'm just going to wait a minute or two 'cause I want to make sure we have time for questions. But if anyone has thoughts, they can share. Okay, so keep thinking about that, keep that in back of your mind. "Shopping at farmers' markets," says Samantha. Great. Love it. Again, I'm going to turn it over to Shauna for one more switch. >> Great. So we're talking about social media, we're talking about intimacy, we're talking about children's health. Now we're going to talk a little bit about neurological health. So we heard from Dr. Daniel Amen who dove into the importance of why you don't want to wait when it comes to taking care of your brain. So he spoke about a lot of things and this is a really cool kind of two part lecture that I really loved. One of the things he talked about was depression. And there is a lot of evidence that depression symptoms can be improved through diet and lifestyle, and this is something that Health Coaches can help out a ton with. So diet is crucial, but other things that affect our brain health like are we physically active, are we having meaningful relationships and, you know, that can include a partner but it can also include your family, your friends, even a pet, and then are you challenging your brain, are you trying to learn something new, how are you focusing on your neurological fitness. All of these factors which are, you know, essentially primary food factors can help reduce risk of neurological conditions. And let's see. We also discussed group coaching. So the cool thing about group coaching is that it's really not so different from one-on-one in a lot of ways, but what's cool is you can help a lot of people. What's also great is group coaching rates are less than what it would be if somebody were to go to you and have a one-on-one session. So clients who might not be able to afford a one-on-one session can still get really valuable coaching without needing to pay quite as much. And another great thing about group coaching is it really helps to support accountability. So everyone in the group supports one another and it helps to make it a lot more likely that each person will reach their goals and will kind of like help get everybody going and keep them going. So this can be a great option for you as a coach and definitely something worth exploring. Looks like Yurie already is. "I love group coaching. I currently do that with my cooking classes on a specific diet that I choose, and it works." Fantastic. Very, very cool. I love it. I mean, it's definitely some different skills of learning how to control the room, you know, learning how to also read the room, you know, what does it look like people are feeling, are they interested, are they engaged, maybe it's time to switch up the techniques that we're using and, you know, what do you do if you have somebody commandeer the whole conversation, then, you know, trying to step in respectfully and like allow people who maybe are a little bit more quiet to share. So a lot of interesting dynamics with groups, but it's really a cool thing if you're interested in exploring them. Okay, so why don't we chat about what's coming up next? >> Wonderful. So now that we've talked about what you've learned so far, let's talk a bit about what's coming up as Shauna said. In Module 36, which just opened this week, we're talking about something that many of you are interested in, which is partnering with a physician or a clinical practice. This is such a great meeting of the minds because both doctors and Health Coaches have different skill sets that really complement one another. So we're going to talk about how to approach a doctor and how to begin that collaboration process. You'll also hear from tennis star Venus Williams on secrets to success and will give you some tips for keeping physical activity in your routine even when you're really busy. Then in Module 37, we'll talk about group coaching skills, how to manage your time effectively and cultivating self-love. Module 38 goes into budgeting and financial responsibility. We'll talk about products and programs and writing a book. So we won't go deeper into these topics now since you'll hear all about them soon, but this is what you have to look forward to. Other exciting things look forward to are more Coaching Circle calls. So it sounds like some of you have been enjoying them so far. If you want to share, you know, how you've been enjoying them as we kind of move into Q&A, we encourage you to do that, but hopefully, you are enjoying them and getting something out of them. But for now, we're going to open up the call for some live Q&A, so you can use the Questions box to type in your questions or you can comment on the live, you know, in the Facebook group. So we won't have time to answer all your questions on this call, but you can always, you know, communicate as I said in the Facebook group. We really encourage you to continue this conversation after this hour. So we'll try to focus on questions that will probably be applicable to most of you. But again, if you're wondering it, chances are someone else is too, so they'll probably, you know, benefit from you asking. So go ahead and think of some questions as we wrap up today. >> Okay, it can be related to anything that we covered today in our recap, anything about... Any questions you might be having about doing your Health Histories or any other graduation requirements, whatever is on your mind, go ahead and type it in. Okay, great. So Rifki says, "At the start of the course you mentioned what will be available for the next year, but I don't remember what these were?" So after you graduate, you will have access to the Learning Center for two years after you graduate. So that means you can go back, you can review lectures, you can access all the notes for two years, which is great. And then after that two years, you're not going to have access to the full Learning Center 'cause we update our stuff, you know, really frequently, but you will have access to all of the resources and the libraries, and there's still a lot of awesome information in there for you. >> So Elizabeth asked a question earlier. She said, "What would be a good high-mileage question if your client is struggling with sexuality and you as a coach are pretty sure they're gay or somewhere on the spectrum, but they don't seem to realize it yet themselves or feel comfortable admitting it, but not acknowledging their sexuality is causing issues in the rest of their life or health?" So again, this can be a really vulnerable area for a lot of people. And, you know, I mean, the short answer is that... You know, I always like to keep it very vague and broad and holistic in terms of high-mileage questions, you know, instead of coming out and saying directly because kind of like those why questions we talked about, sometimes why questions can make clients feel defensive. But you can always go back to the Circle of Life and talk about relationships and what relationships mean to them, you know? When in doubt, it's nice to have a visual tool because sometimes that can make conversations feel more comfortable if there's something visual that a client can focus on. So that can be a really valuable tool. A lot of it... It might take a long time, and that's okay, but it's really important to create that trust and trust can take a really long time. So I know this can be so hard to be with that and to want to help someone, especially knowing it's really causing issues in the rest of their life and impacting their health, but it kind of goes back to that readiness to change, kind of that readiness to share and be in that spot, so along that journey, you can just be really supportive. Shauna, anything you want to add? >> Yeah. And another thing I would like to add is, you know, creating just as safe as space as possible. And one of the things you can do that is by being mindful about subtle communication cues you might be giving or subtle language that you might be using that may be telling your client in one way or another whether they feel safe to share. So, you know, using hetero-normative language without really realizing it may create an environment where somebody may not be willing to explore that with you, but if you use more inclusive language, then maybe they would be more willing. Okay, great. So let's see. Okay, let's see. Brenda says, "I have..." Okay. Okay, Brenda is asking about the mid-certificate badge. "Is it too late to access the badge that was talked about early New Year, if it's still available, how do I take advantage of it?" So you should have received an email from Acclaim. So go back into your email, maybe it ended up in your junk mail on accident, and that email will include all of the instructions to make sure that you get your badge and you can download it. And what's great is once you graduate, you'll get another email from Acclaim that will be updated to say that you are a graduate from the program, which is very exciting, and you can put it on your website, you can put it on your email signature, put it on your social media, all that great stuff. >> It looks like most of the questions are about graduation certificates and looks like Anne is helping to answer some of those questions as well. You will get a real certificate about 8 to 10 weeks post graduation. So that's another question. Let's see. "Is there a hardbound textbook with a printed info for each module?" Again, we try to be environmentally-friendly as Anne responded to Tracy, so everything is online, but we do... You know, you can find the book on Amazon and all of the books mentioned, you know, from different visiting teachers and so forth, we encourage you to look for because a lot of them are really wonderful. >> Great. So it seems like everybody, like Jamie mentioned, kind of is thinking about the future already. So if you don't have any other questions, I would love to know, as you're getting so close to graduation, what is your next step? What do you hope to do? Jamie, what was your goal when you graduated? >> Ooh, my goal was to kind of, you know, digest all the information and really just take a step back because the program is so intense as any program is and you can feel like you're just constantly going and doing, so I actually took some time to just think about kind of going back to my target niche, and my favorite... My preferred way of interacting with people in health coaching because there's so many different ways to do it whether it's one-on-one, whether it's working in an office or collaborating, whether you're on your own, maybe you do groups, so really just kind of visualizing my ideal practice and then taking the steps required to try to make that happen. >> Wonderful. >> Robert says, "Set up a charity working with the parents of disabled children." That's incredible. Elizabeth says, "Ten paying clients by or soon after graduation." But also love what I'm saying, so I'm glad that was helpful. Donna says, "Work with stressed out business professionals and get a book published." Wonderful. Shana plans to submit a few proposals to local community centers to incorporate nutrition into their programs. >> Fantastic. Let's see. Jennifer, "I'm launching my women's Coaching Circle for the New Year." Fantastic. Maleka, "I hope to improve the school food system and also improve life for hairdressers." Yeah. That can be super stressful, super busy, you're on your feet constantly. That's a great target market. I love it. Okay, so thank you guys for sharing. There are a lot of really great options out there for you, and I hope that you feel prepared to go ahead and take that next step. We certainly have a little bit more time left in the curriculum, and we'll continue to support you. But it's really cool to see, you know, what you guys are planning to do afterwards. So that... Go ahead, Jamie. >> Oh, I was just going to say thank you, everyone, for joining us today. >> Yeah. That is it. We are running out of time. But thank you all again so much and we can't wait to connect again soon. >> Yes. Take care, everybody. >> Bye.

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11.8.15 HCTP Monthly Check-In Calls - January 2018 HCTP Class- Check in #10

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