Fitness professionals should discuss nutrition with their clients.
Historically, many fitness pros have either avoided nutrition
discussions for fear of straying outside their scope of practice or gone
overboard by exceeding their scope of practice—recommending nutritional
supplements or individualized meal plans.
There is a better way: Staying within scope of practice while adopting a
coaching philosophy that uses proven methods of behavior change.
Question: I’m working toward a career change to health and wellness and have a particular interest in nutrition. My interest is in coaching individuals to adopt more healthy eating patterns (I'm currently an ACE-certified Health Coach) and lose weight, as well as work with those whose doctors may have suggested "lifestyle changes" to help prevent cholesterol or blood sugars from creeping up further, but who have not yet become diabetic or developed serious heart issues.
Look around your exercise floor. Although there are no outward or telltale signs, it is likely that several of your members or clients have some form of diabetes. It is also likely that many of these people either are unaware of their condition or have difficulty managing and regulating the disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20.8 million pe...