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H.Res. 552 (114th): Expressing support for health and wellness coaches and “National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week”.

The text of the resolution below is as of Dec 3, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 552

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 3, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Mullin, Mr. Buchanan, Mrs. Napolitano, and Mr. Ryan of Ohio) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for health and wellness coaches and National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week.

Whereas, January 11, 2016, through January 17, 2016, is National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week;

Whereas lifestyle-related chronic diseases are at the heart of the current health care crisis in the United States;

Whereas the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deemed chronic disease the public health challenge of the 21st century;

Whereas decades of research have linked lifestyle factors, such as inactivity, poor diet, tobacco smoking, and sustained stress, with increased risk for major illnesses and death;

Whereas attempts to reduce these lifestyle-related chronic disease and costs have proven to be financially un­sus­tain­able within a system that rewards hospitalizations and invasive procedures;

Whereas incentives for interventions and technologies that achieve desired outcomes such as outpatient care, risk management, patient support, and health coaching should be encouraged;

Whereas a large gap exists between health care provider recommendations and sustainable health-related behavior change;

Whereas health coaches are a new type of health care worker who serve as wellness guides and supportive mentors that motivate individuals to cultivate positive health choices and move them toward those specific goals;

Whereas health coaches serve a vital role in improving an individual’s wellness that complements and does not replace the work of health care professionals; and

Whereas there are an increasing number of studies that show the effectiveness of health and wellness coaches in improving individual health and wellness and reducing health care costs: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

supports the designation of National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week; and

(2)

support the efforts of health and wellness coaches of the United States on their important work to improve the health and wellness of the Nation.