How to prepare for your health coaching visit

June 26, 2024

First Stop Health

Whether you want to manage a condition, improve fitness, or adopt healthier habits, virtual health coaching can help. 


To get the most out of your session, it's important to come prepared. Here's how: 


Choose a quiet, comfortable space.

Visits range from 20-40 minutes, depending on the topic and type of coach you meet with. Selecting the right environment for your virtual visit is crucial. Find a quiet, private space where you feel comfortable discussing personal health information. Make sure the area is well-lit and free from distractions. A stable internet connection is also essential to ensure your session runs smoothly. Don’t drive during your visit!


Get the Zoom app and test your technology.

Before your appointment, test your computer, tablet or smartphone to ensure everything is working properly. Check your internet connection, and make sure your camera and microphone are functioning. If you're using a mobile device or tablet, you'll need to download the Zoom app on your phone before your visit to avoid any disruption in joining.


Have your health information ready.

Gather any relevant health information you might need during your session. This could include: 

  • Recent lab results or medical records
  • A list of current medications and dosages
  • Health concern(s) related to your coaching visit that you want to address
  • Your health and fitness goals 

Prepare questions and topics to discuss.

Think about what you want to discuss during your visit and make a list of questions or topics. This will help you stay focused and ensure you don't forget anything important. Common topics might include: 

  • Heart health 
  • Stress 
  • Sleep  
  • Weight management 
  • Nutrition 
  • Diabetes management 
  • Quitting tobacco 
  • Lifestyle coaching 

Be ready to take notes.

Have a notebook and pen handy or use a note-taking app on your device to jot down important information and action items from your visit. Your health coach will likely provide personalized recommendations and strategies that you'll want to remember and try out! 


Stay open and honest.

The success of your visits depends largely on open and honest communication. You’ll work together as a team to accomplish your goals. Be prepared to discuss your habits, challenges and any barriers you face. Your coach is there to support you, not judge you, so share as much information as possible to get the most accurate and helpful advice. As with all care from First Stop Health, your visits are completely confidential. 


Follow up.

After your session, review your notes and any materials your coach provided. Try the strategies and recommendations discussed during your visit. Your health coaches will stay in touch with you to monitor your progress and adjust your plan as needed. Be sure to schedule and keep your visit times so you stay on track! 


Preparing for a virtual health coaching visit doesn't have to be complicated. With a bit of preparation, you can ensure your visit is productive and sets you on the right path toward achieving your health and wellness goals.

Remember, your health coach is your partner on this journey. By coming prepared, you’re setting yourself up for success and making the most of the valuable support and guidance they offer. Have questions?

Originally published Jun 26, 2024 5:35:55 PM.