A health intervention is an effort to promote good health behaviour such as healthy eating or physical exercise, or to prevent bad health behaviours, e.g. to quit smoking or the use of illicit drugs or excessive drinking.
At Health Coach International, we use a combination of systematic techniques and protocols, including: dietary therapy, behavioural change therapy, physical activity, with one-to-one coaching as well as group sessions.
The good news is: You can now help your employees adopt a needed health intervention to effect real permanent change in their life with support from Health Promotion Board. Under the Workplace Alliance for Health (WAH) scheme from HPB, you can get funding for one of the three areas listed below.
Integrative Weight Management
Unwanted weight gain is a complex problem that is contributed by social, behavioral, cultural and physiological factors. Excessive body fat is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability, a problem that seems to be getting worse globally.
Most weight loss programs today focus either on quick solutions that do not have long-term effects or on calorie counting diets which have proven to be impractical in the real world. In fact, an estimated 95% of all people who lose weight on a diet, gain it back. Most start on a diet and gave up feeling discouraged when they don’t lose much fat, even though they may have lost 5 kilos of water weight. Some may have started on a diet and lost weight, but gained back more weight, and then gave up in discouragement. Or some have compulsively eaten various miracle weight loss diets only to watch their weight fluctuate like a yo-yo.
End result is: the average busy corporate executive who wants to get in shape often ends up confused and may even lose their health along with the kilos. Done incorrectly, the body goes into starvation mode when it is deprived and starts to cannibalize vital organs and release various toxins into the blood. Untrained supervision or unsupervised weight loss programs are detrimental to your health!
Health Coach International’s integrative weight loss program is a proven effective, safe and quick way to lose body fat. It focuses on long-term weight control by reducing superficial and visceral fat only as well as increasing your metabolic rate. Depending on your particular circumstances and health conditions, our team of qualified health coaches use a combination of techniques like dietary therapy, behavior therapy and physical activity.
Click here for more details on how you can help your overweight employees lose weight using the WAH Scheme.
Smoking Cessation Program
There are plenty of reasons why your staff should quit smoking: Reduced medical costs, lower number of sick leave and increased productivity, on the part of the organisation, and of course, for the smoker, better health and longer life span
Smoking is a major health hazard. There is now an exhaustive body of evidence —including hundreds of epidemiological, experimental, pathological, and clinical studies — to demonstrate that smoking increases the smoker’s risk of death and illness from a wide variety of diseases.
Most smokers accept the fact that smoking is harmful, but many think of this risk as something like a game of roulette: They believe that each cigarette they smoke is like placing a bet. The “prize” is a heart attack, lung cancer, or some other disease. If your “number’ comes up, you’ve had it, but if you are “lucky” and your number never comes up, you may avoid the hazardous effects of smoking altogether and live to a ripe old age totally unaffected by your smoking habit.
Nevertheless, it has been found that three out of four smokers would like to quit. Five out of six say they would not start smoking in the first place, if they had the choice to make over again.
But to quit smoking isn’t easy. Studies have shown that many successful quitters failed in their first attempts to quit.
That’s why at Health Coach International, we are committed to help you quit smoking, stay smoke-free for life and regain your health.
Our 12-week Smoking Cessation Program comprises 10 hours of group coaching (five 2- hour sessions) and two hours on one-one coaching.
Email us today for more details on how you can help your employees who are smokers say I Quit! using the WAH Scheme.
Chronic Disease Management
In Singapore, 1 in 4 persons has at least one chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high blood cholesterol. These conditions can lead to serious consequences if not detected early and treated. Regular follow-ups with a doctor and adopting healthy lifestyle changes enable people with these conditions to continue to have a good quality of life.
Literature review has shown that lifestyle modification together with medication compliance can assist individuals with chronic conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol) in managing their condition well – keeping their clinical reading in desirable range.
Singapore has a high burden of Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG) and Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) with 12% of its population between the ages of 18 and 69 (NHS 2004) having at least one of these conditions. Poorly controlled IFG/IGT (also known as Pre-diabetes) is associated with an increased risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus. Through targeted education/counselling to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills to adopt lifestyle changes (such as healthy eating and regular physical activity) so as to reduce their risk of developing Diabetes.
The 12-week program will cover pathophysiology of condition(s), lifestyle modification with regards to physical activity, nutrition and stress management.
Email us today for more details on how you can help your employees who are suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol manage their condition.