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What Do Health Coaches Do?
Perform thorough intake assessments
Analyze the information you provide regarding your current state of health, your values, unique needs, and goals
Guide you in formulating realistic, achievable goals
Empower you as you take small, meaningful steps toward attaining your goals
Draw upon their education and expertise to create individualized interventions based on where you are now and where you'd like to be
Strategize with you as an accountability partner to anticipate obstacles before they arise and create action plans to address each one
Make safe, effective nutrition and exercise recommendations, within their scope of practice, based on the most recent scientific evidence available
Refer you to another healthcare provider if your needs are beyond their scope of practice
Lorna Cassano, CHC, MSPT
Certified Health Coach
I was destined to be a health coach!
As a kid, I was always on the go, riding my bike for hours on end, playing baseball in the yard, running around, doing gymnastics on the lawn, shooting baskets with other kids in the neighborhood, until it was dark outside. In high school, however, my athleticism was replaced by some really bad habits, including smoking. By the end of my junior year, I was sick and tired of feeling lousy all the time, and I quit smoking. After graduation, a friend introduced me to weight lifting, and fitness became a way of life for me. I soon discovered aerobics (yes, I wore those shiny thick hot pink tights with the leotard and leg warmers!), and I became a huge fan of Jane Fonda's fitness videos and even got my mom to exercise with me. By the time I was in my early 20's, I was healthier than when I was a teenager. Over the next several years, with a great deal of trial and error, including some unhealthy dieting and overexercising, I eventually realized that moderation was a better approach than taking dieting and exercising to the extreme.
As a young adult, I attempted, and failed, to find career satisfaction as an administrative assistant, so I decided to work in a field where I could help others to get and stay fit. While working at Bally's Fitness Center as a trainer and aerobics coordinator, I was encouraged by my supervisor to go back to school to pursue a physical therapy career, and in 1999 I earned my Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Beaver College (before it was renamed Arcadia University). Although I found it extremely rewarding to enable patients to regain function and return to their favorite activities, I felt frustrated by the constraints imposed by the healthcare delivery system.
As an independent holistic health coach, I can offer so much more! By combining evidence-based coaching techniques with mindfulness, I empower clients - safely and effectively - to draw upon their strengths and find their intrinsic motivation.
Integrating my extensive professional and personal experience in health and wellness, mindfulness, education, and artistic expression, I guide each client toward positive, lasting health behavior change by meeting them where they are, and supporting them every step of the way, with compassion and integrity. And because my interventions are evidence based, my clients can be confident that the recommendations they receive are safe as well as effective.