About three years ago I undertook studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a health coach. I did so for personal education reasons – not to become a “health coach” as such, but to be steered toward the latest ideas, research and thinkers. I was hungry for satiating information about wellness and couldn’t find an appropriate course here that tapped into the really contemporary approaches. They were too expensive (up to $40K) or too narrow and didactic in their focus for my purposes.
Of course, the IIN teachings certainly played a part in the evolution of my I Quit Sugar ebooks, books and business. And so, as my business has grown, thousands of folk out there have been keen to follow a similar educational trajectory. And so, I get questions. A lot. Mostly along the same lines. To this end, I’ve answered all the common ones here in this video for you.
The video covers off:
- That I’m an affiliate for the course*
- How does the course work?
- How long is the course?
- How many hours per week?
- Is it business-focused (as opposed to straight nutritional information)?
- Will I get a job out of it?
- Is the course accredited?
- How scientifically valid is it?
- How did the course help me?
A couple of other points I’ll also flag:
In no way does the course qualify anyone to become a nutritionist.
Yes, you study nutritional theories, but certainly not in the same way you would if completing a university nutrition degree. Some have found the fact that IIN describes itself as a “nutrition school” misleading. I can see their point when the common understanding of a nutrition school is sometimes understood to entail a three-year university degree. That said, the course materials very clearly delineate their teachings and outcomes from such degrees and students are certainly not misguided.
I don’t recommend IIN as a first or only tertiary course.
I probably stand a little apart when I say this: The IIN course is best for those who are either interested from a personal education perspective (as I was) or want to supplement another degree or career path. I don’t recommend it to 18-year-olds fresh out of school wanting to launch a career.
So what is a health coach exactly?
I put it thus: A health coach is to a nutritionist what a personal trainer is to a physiotherapist. Or, a health coach is to a