Free Health Coaching Helps Texas Families Live Healthier

Free Health Coaching Helps Texas Families Live Healthier

Healthy living isn’t easy. It requires daily commitment. Whether it is striving to eat right, exercise or follow doctors’ orders, there are some days when it’s just tough. But rather than be discouraged, those difficult days are the perfect time to call a Living Healthier coach for a free, uplifting phone consultation to help you stay on track.

This toll-free service -- offered through the Texas-based nonprofit organization It’s Time Texas and funded in part by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas -- is available to anyone by calling: 1 (844) 262-6224. Living Healthier coaches take calls in English and Spanish, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT. Clients may call as often as they like and there is never a charge.

“If somebody wants to make life changes, like eating healthier or exercising more, sometimes they just need the extra help and that’s where we come in. As a phone health coach, we provide the support for the steps they take. And we do this in a very compassionate manner,” said Hector Gonzalez, a bilingual Living Healthier Coach for It’s Time Texas, based in Austin.

Coaches help clients achieve success by really getting to know them through frequent phone conversations. Coaches, like Hector, ask a variety of confidential questions to assess and suggest healthier methods that clients can integrate into their daily lives, based on instructions from physicians and their desire to change their lifestyles. This may include persuading them to get out and walk more, to drink more water and eat more vegetables. Or it may be healthy tips for managing chronic care issues, like COPD (Chronic Obstructive and Pulmonary Disease) or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which are two ailments of many Texans.

“We are the support that they need, especially in these situations with dealing with these diseases,” Hector said. “We try to keep them in the best mindset and are always cheering for them.”

Health coaches help clients chart out exactly the steps they need to take to reach their health goals. For instance, if a person wants to begin a running regimen, Hector says the coach will inquire whether that has been approved by their doctor and for what running distance. They will discuss whether the client has proper running shoes. Coaches will help them map out a safe running route, and even help them figure out the best time of the day for them to fit in a run based on their schedule.

“We help them with the small details,” Hector said. “When you have someone to listen to you and you are having a bad day it makes it easier to go through. We help them be the support they need to reach their goals.”

So join the movement for living healthier with newfound friends who are just a phone call away. Say goodbye to bad days and hello to reaching your health goals every day! Call 1 (844) 262-6224 today and ask a Living Healthier Coach how they can help you.

To learn more about It’s Time Texas’ Healthier Living hotline, go to https://itstimetexas.org/livinghealthier/. You can also follow It’s Time Texas on Facebook and Twitter.

Healthcare professionals and community health workers: download this bilingual poster for your office or clinic.

Parents, teachers and school health workers: download this bilingual flyer for easy reference.

Learn more about Hector, the It’s Time Texas Living Healthier coach here!

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