This month we spoke to Caroline Noonan, Course Leader for our Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching and Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching
What qualifications in the Health and Wellness field do you hold?
I have an ITEC Diploma in Complementary Therapies, a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, advanced certification in Health and Wellness Coaching and a HDip in Coaching and Coaching Psychology.
What is your role at IHS?
Course Leader: Diploma Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching, Certificate in health and Wellness Coaching, Certificate in Sports Nutrition
What does your role at IHS look like on a day to day basis?
Every day is completely different, which is one of the things I love about my job. As a course leader my main focus is on:
- Overseeing the running of the course
- Ensuring a positive student experience
- Overseeing the production and quality of course material
- Ensuring that the aims and learning outcomes of the course are met within the relevant units
- Managing unit leaders
- Communicating with the Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) regarding assessments
- Ensuring that courses have been CPD approved where applicable
How did you get into the health and wellness industry?
Over 20 years ago I began a 2 year course covering different CAM therapies. It included some nutrition and sports nutrition, which really interested me and I realised I wanted to specialise in nutrition. I started working in a health shop, and began the IHS Diploma in Nutritional Therapy. Whilst I was studying I also began teaching in the CAM field and worked with inner city groups running workshops on nutrition and wellness. An opportunity arose to join the IHS team shortly after graduation and my work experience and qualifications at that point made the role a great fit for me. As with many individuals interested in health and wellness I also had my own health challenges and realised that focusing on my own nutrition and lifestyle were key to supporting my health.
What is your philosophy to, and what do you feel are the most important elements of, health and wellness?
First and foremost for me is self love and self appreciation. If you appreciate your own worth then you have a natural inclination to look after yourself and take care of your food intake, lifestyle choices, relationships, work-life balance etc. You are more inclined to make time for laughter/fun and recreation in your life. This will then naturally help lead to improved health and wellbeing.
Why do you think individuals should consider a career in health and wellness?
For me it is about being able to help a wide range of individuals and really help them improve their health. 1-2 consultations are a very important part of our role as health professionals but I believe its also important to look at the work you can do with people who really need the information you have but may be can’t afford the latest ‘super food’ etc. With a qualification in health and wellness you can educate and reach a broad range of people and enthuse them about healthier choices, give them practical, usable advice and support them in making change. In many countries around the World there is a need for more community based health promotion who can help target vulnerable groups of society. I believe that IHS graduates have the skills and knowledge to do this.