"Sixty percent of the factors leading to premature death are
under our control," said Peterson, "including behaviors like
smoking, obesity, stress and inactivity. health coaching is
emerging as a viable way to help people adopt behaviors
that reduce their risk for chronic disease as well as modify
and stop behaviors that are detrimental to their health."
The new post-baccalaureate program is aimed at preparing
health professionals to work in a clinical setting as part of
a team to facilitate behavior change among at-risk patients,
to decrease demand for health care services and to reduce
morbidity across the lifespan.