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Doctors' Orders?

Did you know that only 50% of doctors’ prescribed treatments are followed by their patients, and the number drops to 10% if the doctor suggests a lifestyle change like diet or exercise? According the the leading Family Practice Journal, these statistics are true. Why is this? There are many reasons, some of which go to the realities of our current healthcare system. Because of economic pressures, healthcare providers spend less time with patients, and more time with the electronic medical record and other administrative tasks. The result is insufficient time spent explaining illnesses and treatment to patients. And if the patient is relatively healthy, and simply wants to improve aspects of their lives, like their weight, sleep issues or general well being, the overworked doctor has even less time for them. So what is the answer for the individual who hopes to understand their body better, and follow the best advice for better quality of life? The health coach may be the most important healthcare innovation in a long time. He/she is the best bridge between any person simply seeking to improve their health and wellbeing and the vast amount of available medical knowledge and information. The coach should not be viewed as a competitor to your physician, but rather a meaningful supplement to your healthcare team. Call a health coach today and start living your best life!

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