To kick off our weekly Wellness Wednesday feature with Certified Health Educator Neshe' Conley, founder and CEO of @embracehcn_lifestyles, we've asked her to put together a guide for our followers of what to look for when.... (see slides below) as well as be our expert for a round of FAQ's.
Q1: For anyone taking the initiative to care about their health and wellness, what should they be doing?
A: First and foremost, you should consult with your health provider. Your healthcare provider will be able to complete a full assessment of your health and, from there, help you to determine the next best steps. No action should be taken regarding your health and wellness without the current foundation of your health history, medications, regimes, treatments, etc.
Q2. Should they hire someone? Who? What should they be looking for to ensure the person they're hiring is qualified?
A: After speaking with your healthcare provider and it has been addressed that your health can be improved by hiring a health and wellness coach, you should ask for recommendations first, conduct your research, and have an interview with that coach to ensure that they are a perfect fit for you.
Q3. If they can't afford to hire someone, what resources are available and where should they be looking for information? Online? What should they be looking for on sites to ensure they're credible?
A: If unable to afford to hire someone, first check with your insurance because some insurance companies provide benefit coverage for a health and wellness coach. If your insurance does not, then using the online resources that are government, school, or non-profit based are the best resources to use. The domains to look for are -.gov, -.org, -.com, -.edu.
Q4: So many people use social media to look for inspiration when it comes to health and wellness; When viewing information, what should audiences be checking for?
A: When viewing information, audiences be checking for credentials of the author, sources from where the information was obtained, and checking the date to ensure that the information provided is current and up to date.
Q5: Many without credentials are posting their experiences to inspire others; what should 'influencers' include in their posts to ensure the safety of their audiences?
A: Influencers should use the disclaimer that they are not a healthcare provider or health professional and that their audience should consult with their healthcare provider before using or attempting any of the information provided.
Neshe' thank you so much for educating our community on how to take initiative for their own health and wellness, as well how to share and view the information we receive in a way that keeps our community safe and informed!
We are looking forward to next Wednesday's post when you'll share with us a wellness checklist for everyday health.
Stay safe, be wild.