General LIVE FOR LIFE Health Coaching

Coaches work in partnership with you to achieve a higher level of physical and emotional well-being, especially in areas where making change is hard. The coach will work with you to discover and clarify the goals that you wish to achieve, and will help you facilitate changes that you choose to make over a period of time. Through collaboration with a coach, you will find solutions and strategies to making changes, and an accountability partner to hold you responsible for the choices you make.

Common health goals are:

  • Improve sleep
  • Manage stress
  • Lose Weight
  • Lower cholesterol or blood pressure
  • Improve blood sugar control
  • Improve eating habits
  • Improve exercise habits

The program lasts for 12 weeks, and up to 12 sessions. Those engaged with the program will be eligible for continuous re-enrollment. Initial coaching sessions are expected to last for 30-45 minutes, with subsequent sessions lasting 20-30 minutes. Typically, sessions occur weekly, and then taper to bi- monthly or monthly when the participant is ready. Most sessions will occur via ZOOM in a private meeting room with your coach. Once established, sessions may occur via phone, email, zoom, or on occasion, in-person meetings can be established with your coach.

All Duke benefits eligible employees are eligible for this program. If you have questions about your program eligibility, please call Duke HR at 919-684-3136, option 1. All participants will be asked to submit recent biometric data from a doctor's visit periodically. This includes height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol numbers, and fasting blood sugar/A1c.

LIVE FOR LIFE health coaches hold a degree in a health care field such as nursing, dietetics, or exercise physiology. Our coaches also achieve additional training and certification in health and wellness coaching.

To request enrollment, complete our online enrollment request form.

Pathways to Change (Pre-Bariatric Procedure Health Coaching)

If you are a benefits eligible employee or dependent with a Duke insurance plan, you may choose to enroll in Pathways to Change, our pre-bariatric procedure health coaching program. We will work with you for at least 3 months prior to your procedure and will continue to support you with lifestyle changes throughout the following year. Program start is typically initiated after your first visit to the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery but is available for enrollment at any time. The program requirements must be completed no more than 6 months prior to the date of surgery. For enrollment instructions, please contact Sally Neve, RD, at 681-0525. Other requirements apply. Please see Bariatric Surgery Benefits for further information.

Tobacco Quit Coaching

Are you, or someone you love, ready to use less tobacco or quit using tobacco? Components if this program include:

  • Copay-free visits with our provider for consideration of prescribed medication therapies.
  • Low-cost nicotine replacement therapies such as gums, lozenges, or patches.
  • Quarterly follow up visits with a tobacco quit coach (in person or telephonic sessions are available).

To enroll in this program, please fill out a registration form or call (919) 684-3136 option 1.