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Produce prescription programs + shining the light on how much health coaches make 💡

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AFPA-GIF_White-Background Health coaching may seem like a dream career, but can it pay the bills? We dive into the numbers and income potential in this week's blog. Plus, produce prescription programs can be a powerful resource for clients. As a heath, fitness, or nutrition coach, do you know what local programs are available for your clients? In this issue: * HOW MUCH DO HEALTH COACHES MAKE? * Produce Prescription Programs Improve Health Outcomes for At-Risk Individuals  Happy learning, The AFPA Team Transparent latest resources banner newsletter THE LATEST RESOURCES How Much Do Health Coaches Make? HOW MUCH DO HEALTH COACHES MAKE?  Get a comprehensive overview of the salary ranges, additional income opportunities, and the long-term career potential for health and wellness coaches. Read the Blog HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ROUNDUP Produce Prescription Programs Improve Health Outcomes for At-Risk Individuals    Big Picture: Research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes reveals that people at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease who participated in produce prescription programs significantly improved their health. These programs enable doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables alongside medications, leading to increased consumption of produce, improved body mass index (BMI), blood sugar, blood pressure levels, and reduced food insecurity.  Summary: Produce prescription programs provide patients with electronic cards or vouchers to access free or discounted fruits and vegetables at retail grocery or farmers' markets. This study, pooling data from nine programs across the U.S., assessed health outcomes after about six months. Participants received a median of $63 per month to purchase produce and attend nutrition classes. Key findings from the analysis include: * Adults increased their daily intake of fruits and vegetables by nearly one cup (0.85 cups), while children increased by about a quarter of a cup (0.26 cups). * Adults with high blood pressure at enrollment saw a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. * Blood sugar levels, measured by HbA1C, decreased among adults with diabetes. * BMI improved, showing a reduction among adults with obesity. * Participants reported improved health status, with adults 62% more likely and children more than twice as likely to report better health by program completion. * Overall, participants were one-third less likely to report food insecurity after completing the programs compared to before. These findings highlight the potential of subsidized produce prescriptions to increase consumption of nutritious foods, reduce food insecurity, and improve health outcomes, especially in individuals at risk for chronic diseases. Main Takeaways: Produce prescription programs can significantly enhance the health of at-risk individuals. Health, nutrition, and fitness coaches should be aware of these programs as they play a crucial role in improving dietary habits, reducing food insecurity, and ultimately preventing chronic diseases. Encouraging their clients to participate in such programs may lead to better health outcomes. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Instagram YouTube AFPA American Fitness Professionals & Associates, www.afpafitness.com, [email protected], 1.800.494.7782
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