Kathy Whelan

My interest in health and wellness traces back to my childhood. Having a sibling with congenital heart disease made me acutely aware of the importance of our health. My mother was ahead of her time, shunning the convenience foods that began to crop up in the 1950s in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables, and limiting the sodium in our family’s diet.

Integrative Health Coaching, rooted in the neuroscience of behavior change, is the missing link not only in realizing our individual visions of ideal health but in solving our national health crisis.

My mom did a good job of instilling in us the importance of healthy living. But like most children, I didn’t always follow my parents’ advice. I graduated from Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law and went on to practice corporate and securities law on Wall Street. There I had anything but a healthy lifestyle: I smoked, ate out regularly, slept far too little, and rarely exercised. My mind got a good workout, but that’s about it. By the time I was 30, I had a stomach ulcer, and my doctor bluntly told me my smoking would kill me. Not being at my best, I couldn't do my best at work or in any other area of my life.

When I met the man who has been my husband for forty years now, I could see the worry in his eyes every time I lit a cigarette. The moment had come to change. I left my law practice and set about improving my health habits, one by one. I found motivation in my husband's concern for me and in our dreams for a family.

While raising our three children, I spent much of my free time volunteering but eventually felt a need to serve in a different way. When I heard about the Professional Health Coach training program at Duke Integrative Medicine, I knew I had found what I was looking for. After 45 years, I returned to my alma mater.

At Duke I became convinced that Integrative Health Coaching, rooted in the neuroscience of behavior change, is the missing link not only in realizing our individual visions of ideal health but in solving our national health crisis. As a certified Integrative Health Coach with further training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness for Professionals, I am eager to work with those who would like to live a healthier life. It would be a privilege to guide you on your journey.

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