Motivational improvements for health behavior change from wellness coaching

Am J Health Behav. 2014 Jan;38(1):83-91. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.38.1.9.


Objectives: To identify client priorities prior to wellness coaching, and examine motivational improvements for health behaviors on follow-up.

Methods: Clients completed a wellness questionnaire at baseline (before coaching) and at a 3-month follow-up. Overall, 177 participants (92% female, average age 42.9 (SD 11.2) years) were included in the analysis. Clients indicated priorities for coaching, and levels of importance, confidence, and readiness to change within each domain were compared between baseline and follow-up.

Results: Participants identified weight management as their top priority and successfully reduced their BMI. Participants also demonstrated significant improvements in motivation and confidence in most health behavior domains.

Conclusions: These results provide further support for the effectiveness of wellness coaching for weight management and for improving motivational readiness for behavior change.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult