Populytics/BeneFIT Corporate Wellness Health Coaches Among First to Receive National Board Certification

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The Populytics/BeneFIT Corporate Wellness coaching team earned National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches after passing the first-ever exam for this credential in September 2017. The certification was created by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaches (ICHWC) in order to assess the quality of health coaching programs.

This board certification is an excellent complement to the high standards upheld by the BeneFIT coaching program.

All health coaches at BeneFIT Corporate Wellness SM recently received National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches, after passing the first-ever exam to qualify for the new standard. The newly adopted certification confirms the expertise and quality of coaches based upon standards created by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaches (ICHWC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

“There are more wellness companies and coaching programs available than ever before, and it’s important that employers and consumers have a way to assess coaching quality,” says Kristin Behler, MPH, MCHES®, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness at Populytics, Inc., a population health management and health care analytics firm in eastern Pennsylvania that encompasses BeneFIT Corporate Wellness services. “Along with our recent Accreditation in Wellness and Health Promotion from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), this board certification is an excellent complement to the high standards upheld by the BeneFIT coaching program.”

The establishment of national standards is the first step in advancing consistent training, education, and assessment of programs’ and individuals’ competencies, as well as enabling growth of an evidence base to which future measures can be determined. Since 2010, the ICHWC has been researching the knowledge, tasks, skills, and core competencies essential to the practice of health and wellness coaching in order to develop coaching quality standards. Once the elements of quality were identified, the ICHWC validated them with a national survey. Through partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners, the results were transferred into a comprehensive examination, administered for the first time in September 2017.

Health coaches who have been board certified through the ICHWC can be recognized by the credentials “NBC-HWC” after their names. Additional board certification exams will take place in June and November 2018, after which the exam will be available twice a year.

For more information, contact Populytics at 484-862-3500, toll-free at 866-733-6158, email info(at)populytics(dot)com, or visit http://www.populytics.com/benefit.

ABOUT POPULYTICS/BENEFIT CORPORATE WELLNESS
Regional businesses can fully leverage the power of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) employer health care resources by accessing them through one convenient source, Populytics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network. Populytics’ BeneFIT Corporate Wellness services have long been promoting healthy workplace cultures with programs ranging from individualized health coaching, health fairs and screenings, to specialty services like Tobacco Cessation (BeneQUIT), administered by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Many programs include an online wellness portal; consultative services, and reporting; and are available to all employers, regardless of the company’s size, health insurance provider, or plan.

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