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Savor Your Food With Mindful Eating

June 24th, 2021

By Duke Health & Well-Being Programs Team How many of us have had the experience of eating an entire bag of chips or a pint of ice cream without even realizing it? When this happens, most (if not all) of us notice and appreciate the full taste of our first few bites but can hardly remember the rest. Mindless eating can ...

Some Commonly-Taught Yoga Poses May Present Risks for Older Adults

August 28th, 2019

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT Teaching yoga to seniors is often erroneously considered an entry-level job for a yoga instructor, since older adults aren’t likely to attempt complicated, “advanced” postures. Unfortunately, this ill-informed attitude puts the most vulnerable students with the least-trained instructors who may  unknowingly put their students at risk. Older adults ...

Is it time to try harder . . . or just give up?

January 16th, 2019

By Aili Kuutan It’s the time of year where a lot of people start to question their goals. (I may be a little early here. I feel like it’s usually 3 weeks into January that most people give up on their new year’s resolutions.) There’s definitely merit in questioning whether we need to try harder. If we’re distracted or we ...

Are you leaving your dreams to chance?

October 3rd, 2018

By Aili Kuutan A friend asked me what I was up to the other day. My response: “I think I might do some editing on my online meditation course.” It seemed like a productive use of my time. I felt like I had good intentions, at least until she pointed out that I always use the words, “I think I might…” ...

Cultural Competency & Health Coaching

September 19th, 2018

By Elizabeth Bechard, BA, RYT What does cultural competency have to do with health coaching? Cultural competence describes the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with individuals from different backgrounds. While we often think of “culture” as referring to a person’s ethnic or geographic origin, it also encompasses a wide spectrum of other characteristics, such as gender and/or ...

What’s holding you back?

September 12th, 2018

By Aili Kuutan Do you ever get in your own way? I suspect many of us do. In fact, I have yet to meet a person who, if they’re being honest, doesn’t do this in some way at some point in their lives. As a human being, I find it fascinating to notice this kind of behaviour. As a coach, I ...

How are you sabotaging yourself?

August 22nd, 2018

By Aili Kuutan Have you ever heard of the concept of underlying commitments? The concept’s come up for me a couple times lately, so last week I decided to explore it for myself. In a nutshell, underlying commitments are the things we’re truly committed to, which we may not be aware of and may not be in alignment with our stated goals. For ...

How to Do Social Media Even if You Don’t Have Time to Play Around on the Internet All Day

January 24th, 2018

By Sonja Likness Some of us are lucky to have jobs where we get paid to be on the Internet, tweeting, or watching YouTube videos the whole day. I am one such person, but I recognize the vast majority of people are not. If you’re looking for ways to optimize and reduce your time spent on social media, ...

5 Revelations of an Integrative Health Coach – What my clients have taught me

January 10th, 2018

By Kim Brame McGimsey, NBC-HWC In the beginning, I thought that health coaching was all about the client. My integrative health coach training experiences at Duke IM in the Foundation Course (2009) and the Certification Course (2010) were phenomenal and truly transformed my life. I not only learned and practiced the coaching skills, the coaching process, and how to effectively partner ...

Happy New Year! How this Health Coach Set Her Intentions for 2018

January 3rd, 2018

By Kim Brame McGimsey, NBC-HWC Going into the past few “new” years, instead of setting “resolutions,” which, to some, is a dirty word, I’ve adopted the tradition of choosing a word or series of words to guide my intentions. For 2018, it’s “CREATE.” As I was pondering what that might look like for me, I remembered a recent training, offered by ...

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