Kathy Whelan

My interest in health and wellness began in my childhood. Growing up with 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 were beginning 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 science 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 follow all of 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. We didn’t even talk about stress in those days, let alone try to manage it. By the time I was 30, I had an ulcer, and my doctor bluntly told me my smoking would kill me.

When I met the man who by now has been my husband for nearly four decades, I could see the worry in his eyes every time I lit a cigarette. The time had come to change. I left my law practice and set about changing my unhealthy 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 I felt a longing to help 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, back to Duke I went!

There I became convinced that Integrative Health Coaching, rooted in the science of behavior change, is the missing link not only in realizing our individual visions of ideal health but in solving our national health crisis. The Duke program was everything I had hoped for and more. Now I am trained, certified and eager to help you by becoming your Integrative Health Coach. It would be a privilege to guide you on your journey.

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