Leade Health Announces Development of Health Coaching Best Practices

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Health coaching provider establishes scientific advisory board, draws upon depth of experience to develop practices that will serve as industry model.

Leade Health, a pioneer in the field of health coaching , announced today that it will establish best practices outcomes for its key behavioral change programs of weight management , stress reduction , tobacco cessation, and cardiovascular health.

Drawing upon years of client data from Leade’s dedicated coaching programs and research from various fields, Leade Health is now taking a leadership role to develop best-in-class health coaching practices. In November 2005 the coaching firm established a scientific advisory board led by Michael D. Mulvihill, President & CEO. Michael noted, “We are currently working to announce the best practices by year-end.”

“With 30,000 individual coaching interventions to draw from, Leade Health is on par with any legitimate research organization in assessing behavioral change,” explains Steven Bolling, MD, Professor of Surgery, Gayle Halperin Kahn Professor of Integrative Medicine, and Medical Director of the Board. “With our advisory board’s guidance, Leade Health is conducting research in three phases -- defining attributes, identifying the metrics and tools for measuring, and validating coaches’ attributes as a predictor of outcomes.”

Defining the attributes that characterize a good health coach is critical, since Leade employs a unique approach where dedicated coaches work with individuals for 12 months at a time.

“Leade Health is trying to discover what qualities of health coaches help them be effective in eliciting behavior change, and what elements of the health coaching practice are most effective,” Dr. Bolling notes. “For instance, empathy is one of the attributes that characterize a good health coach. But there should also be a strong sense of emotional self-awareness, so a coach knows when he or she is being empathic or not.”

As the company that was “first to market” in 1997 with its unique brand of health coaching, Leade Health has been a leader and innovator in its development and delivery. For instance, nearly 10,000 people have participated in Leade Health’s iCanChange™ Weight Management program. Of those, 89 percent have achieved weight loss or weight stabilization after one year of dedicated coaching. Other key Leade Coaching programs include iCanQuit™ Tobacco Cessation and iCanRelax™ Stress Reduction.

Leade has also conducted extensive research in fields that affect health coaching, including behavior change, psychology, call centers, and best practices. The move responds to the rapid rise of health coaching thanks to increased medical costs, rising obesity rates, aging of the population, and a growing interest in disease prevention.

“Leade Health is committed to not only the identification of health coaching best practices, but to also becoming a best practices organization at all levels under the leadership of the Scientific Advisory Board,” said Michael D. Mulvihill, Board Chairman.

About Leade Health

Founded in 1990, based in Ann Arbor Michigan, Leade Health specializes in Health Coaching in the areas of Weight Management, Stress Management, Tobacco Cessation, and Cardiovascular Health. Leade Health has earned a reputation for partnership integrity, product innovation and program impact. Leade Health‘s success rates from its signature Health Coaching model achieve outcome results that exceed national norms.

For more information on Leade Health visit http://www.leadehealth.com.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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