HMS is an industry leader in health coaching for lifestyle-related issues in both primary (health promotion) and secondary (disease management) prevention. HMS staff use coaching techniques based on current behavior change models/theories, emphasizing the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is an evidence-based approach that has demonstrated efficacy in brief interventions across diverse populations for a variety of health issues.
HMS has demonstrated measurable results (pdf) from our health coaching interventions, including significant increases in both mental and physical health status. Our health coaching services are recommended for moderate to high risk employees/members. Motivational Interviewing-based health coaching (pdf) is especially effective for individuals who are more resistant, less ready, less motivated, or non-compliant to their treatment plan.
“I was pleasantly surprised at the experience and outcome of my wellness coaching series - this method of intervention works! The confidentiality and anonymity of the client-coach interactions allowed me to open up and address issues I may not have in another setting. The questions asked and the manner in which I was spoken to changed the way I looked at things and helped me develop a plan that works for me. It's been almost a month since my first session and I'm already making and seeing positive changes in my life and health. I feel pretty fortunate to be in my position - it's my job to promote something I believe in.”
“At first I thought, 'What the heck can a wellness coach do for me?' But it really helped me reach goals faster. I found that having a once a month call from my wellness coach kept me on track, she answered my questions and was so encouraging. It was fun actually.