Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Health Coach?

A Health Coach is a highly skilled and trained professional who specializes in the field of health and wellness. They have extensive knowledge in a wide range of topics, from nutrition and fitness to stress management and self-care.

Their main objective is to work collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their personal health and wellness goals. By developing individualized plans and strategies, they can provide the necessary support and guidance to help their clients achieve their objectives.

Moreover, a wellness coach is a reliable source of motivation and accountability, as they provide regular check-ins and ongoing support to help clients stay on track towards achieving their desired outcomes.

Therefore, working with a wellness coach can be an effective way to improve overall health and wellbeing, and make positive, long-lasting changes in one’s life.

Or in Legal Terms:

“Health Coaches work in many settings and, among other services, provide: general wellness and nutrition information; options, recommendations, guidance, motivation, and skill-building to establish healthier lifestyle routines; and other support mechanisms to achieve client-focused personal health goals.

Health Coaches:

Are wellness guides and supportive mentors that motivate individuals to cultivate positive health choices;

Educate and support clients to achieve client-focused health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments;

Empower their clients to take responsibility for their own health; Support client efforts to implement and sustain healthy lifestyle changes;

Help clients with weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy improvement, stress management, digestive wellness, and improved diet. Health Coaches are poised to become an integral part of an emerging preventative healthcare model. By helping clients develop and progress towards their personal wellness goals, Health Coaches fill a vital void that complements and does not replace the work of healthcare professionals. Health coaching is now recognized by some of the most acclaimed health institutions in the country as an important tool to improve health and help lower healthcare expenditures. Health Coaches play a crucial role in addressing our nation’s healthcare crisis by creating lasting, positive, and individually-tailored changes in clients’ lives. The United States Preventative Services Task Force (“USPSTF”)—comprised of the nation’s foremost experts on preventative health and medicine—recently recommend the use of behavior counseling to improve the health of overweight and obese individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease. Not only did the USPSTF conclude in their report that behavioral counseling was effective in improving health, it also reaffirmed health coaching’s overwhelming safety and commended the diversity of practitioners in the field.”

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Look for IAHC-Rights-to-Practice-Vol-II.pdf

Are Health Coaches recognized in the State of Florida?

The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C) exemptions and exceptions. (n) Any person who provides information, wellness recommendations, or advice concerning nutrition, or who markets food, food materials, or dietary supplements for remuneration, if such person does not provide such services to a person under the direct care and supervision of a medical doctor for a disease or medical condition requiring nutrition intervention, not including obesity or weight loss, and does not represent himself or herself as a dietitian, licensed dietitian, registered dietitian, nutritionist, licensed nutritionist, nutrition counselor, or licensed nutrition counselor, or use any word, letter, symbol, or insignia indicating or implying that he or she is a dietitian, nutritionist, or nutrition counselor.

What training do Health Coaches go through?

National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching is the accrediting board of Health Coaches. 

Not all states require certification  however, NBHWC scrutinizes Health Coaching Programs worldwide to ensure their graduates are receiving training up to standard  and are eligible to sit for the Board Exam. 


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Why did Kristina train at Integrative and Functional Nutritional Academy?

Integrative and Functional Nutritional Academy teaches noninvasive approaches to provide care for clients in clinical and community settings, IFNA prioritizes whole body concepts,  patient centered care and evidenced based nutrition.  

To be eligible candidates must

  1. Health care practitioners (i.e. RDNs, RNs, MDs, NDs, PAs, etc.)
  2. Dietetic interns and DTRs
  3. Masters or Doctorate level students in the health science/nutrition field

Upon graduation, those who are eligible to sit for the IFNA Board Exam earn the IFNCP advanced practice credential. IFNA does not offer licensing but offers advanced specialty training to eligible healthcare practitioners.

Why did Kristina train at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition?

Institute of Integrative Nutrition(IIN) is an approved Health Coach program per the NBHWC. 

IIN Offers hands on training and specializes in integrative pathways of healing the body  combining evidenced based methods globally. 

Candidates are interviewed before accepted into the program.

How is a wellness coach different from a personal trainer or a nutritionist?

Wellness coaches take a more holistic approach, considering all aspects of a person’s life, whereas personal trainers primarily focus on exercise and nutritionists on diet.

How can I find a reputable wellness coach?

It’s advisable to look for coaches with recognized certifications from reputable organizations, and to seek referrals or read reviews from previous clients.

What should I expect in a wellness coaching session?

In a coaching session, you may discuss your goals, challenges, and progress. Your coach may provide guidance, support, and resources to help you stay on track.

How long does it take to see results with a wellness coach?

The timeline for seeing results can vary widely depending on individual goals and commitment levels. Some may see progress in a few weeks, while others may need several months.

What are the costs involved in hiring a wellness coach?

Costs can vary significantly based on the coach’s experience, the length and frequency of sessions, and the location. Go to our Price Page to find the right service for you. 

How can a wellness coach help with chronic disease management?

Wellness coaches can not diagnose, treat or interfere with a treating Provider care plan. However, Health Coaches can help you achieve your goals using baby steps and educate. 

What do wellness coaches do?

They help clients set and achieve health-related goals, whether it’s improving nutrition, exercising more, reducing stress, or managing chronic conditions.

What is a Certified Dietary Manager?

Certifying Board of Dietary Managers (CBDM) and Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) are the credentialing board for Certified Dietary Manager(CDM). 

Candidates must graduate from a 4 year accredited  ANFP program, at least 5 years professional experience and pass credentialing exam. Maintenance of the CDM,CFPP credential requires recertification every 3 years and 45 CEU’s to maintain up to date.

Are you compliant with American Nutrition Association

Yes Plate Your Palate is in compliance with the American Nutrition Association (ANA) regulations.


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Where can Plate Your Palate legally practice?

Scope of practice varies per state with complex requirements. Additionally, each case is a unique circumstance and requires screening (completed during initial consultation). 

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