There is a huge opportunity for those with a Nutrition Health Coach qualification to work in many different ways in healthcare and wellness. There is a lot of misinformation regarding food and nutrition. You can google or sign up to newsletters or follow influencers and bloggers on social media. Everyone seems to have something to say. Unfortunately what many of those people are advising is not based on nutritional science – in fact, it is often just what they have read on someone else’s blog. Equally just because a dietary change helped one person with a health issue, that has no bearing on whether it will help another. We are all individuals and we all have different genetics, circumstances, stressors, environment and health goals. Because a dietary intervention helped someone’s health issue does not make them qualified to guide in health and healthy eating for anyone else. There is nothing wrong with individuals sharing their journey as inspiration but offering guidance and suggestions that ‘their approach’ should be followed by others is irresponsible.
By studying as a Nutrition Health Coach and becoming professionally qualified you will stand apart from those individuals sharing their journeys that have no nutrition qualifications. It is important to have recognised credentials based on nutritional science and not on a ‘quick online nutrition course’ or one that does not cover health coaching and business. Doctors are searching for Nutrition Health Coaches to support them in their practices but it is important to be suitably qualified to be able to work in this way.
In the UK early in 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan was published setting out a direction for the NHS in England over the next 10 years. The aim is to give people greater control over their own health, and this includes plans to roll out social prescribing. Social prescribing allows GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to refer patients to non-clinical support.
Qualifying as a Sano Nutrition Health Coach you will;
- have a sound knowledge of nutritional science having studied a nutrition course that is accredited by The Federation Of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners [“FNTP”]. FNTP establish standards of professional training and qualifications and maintain a register of appropriately qualified professionals.
- be entitled to become a full member of The Complementary Medical Association. [“The CMA.”] and use the letters MCMA after your name. The CMA is the world’s largest and most highly respected professional membership association. The organisation has been established for over 25 years and they work closely with conventional medicine by sharing research and education to doctors about the natural healthcare field and why they should incorporate complementary medicine (as provided by qualified CMA Members) into their practices. Furthermore, The CMA consistently liaises at the governmental level to ensure your rights to practice. Over the last 25 years, The CMA has taken complementary medicine and natural healthcare from a cottage industry to the professional force that it is today. This ensures that the public has access to a Professional Register of elite practitioners and outstanding training schools and that doctors and other healthcare professionals know that they can safely refer their patients to CMA Registered Practitioners.
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