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Motivational Improvements for Health Behavior Change from Wellness Coaching

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Objectives: To identify client priorities prior to wellness coaching, and examine motivational improvements for health behaviors on follow-up. Methods: Clients completed a wellness questionnaire at baseline (before coaching) and at a 3-month follow-up. Overall, 177 participants (92% female, average age 42.9 (SD 11.2) years) were included in the analysis. Clients indicated priorities for coaching, and levels of importance, confidence, and readiness to change within each domain were compared between baseline and follow-up. Results: Participants identified weight management as their top priority and successfully reduced their BMI. Participants also demonstrated significant improvements in motivation and confidence in most health behavior domains. Conclusions: These results provide further support for the effectiveness of wellness coaching for weight management and for improving motivational readiness for behavior change.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. [email protected] 2: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA 3: Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Department of Health Sciences Research; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA 4: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA;Department of Otorhinolaryngology; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA 5: Department of Preventive Medicine; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA 6: Department of Psychiatry and Psychology; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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