Dr. Hawkins' Blog

enjoy the latest updates, professional tools, and study helps from FSIHS Executive Director, Dr. Jessie Hawkins

Social Determinants of Health

Health is an elusive target that many of us invest a significant amount of time and money pursuing. Behaviors such as avoiding tobacco, eating a balanced diet, getting sufficient sleep, and engaging in stress management can help us make strides towards that goal. 

But our ability to control our health is limited. And we rarely take sufficient time to assess the determining factors of our health that are beyond our control. In reality,...

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Holding Space as an Integrative Health Professional

Sometimes, despite all of our aromatherapy or herbalism or health coaching training, the most important thing we can do with a client is hold space for them. Holding space isn't an action most of us were raised understanding. But it's critical if we are to help others change their lifestyles. 

Let's start with what we mean by "holding space." 

Holding space refers to the ability of a health professional to observe and perhaps...

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Stress Management

According to the World Health Organization, stress is a “global epidemic.” The American Institute of Stress states that 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress, 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints or disorders, and stress has been linked to all major causes of disease and death. 

Stress is a serious health concern. 

The term stress was first applied to...

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Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change)

When it comes to boosting health, the bottom line is that if a person is unaware of his or her need to change, nothing you do as a health coach will be effective. (This is why court-appointed rehabilitation programs have much lower success rates than voluntary rehabilitation.) The clients and groups you serve must be aware of a need for a health related change.

The Transtheoretical Model (TTM), otherwise known as the Stages of Change...

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Psychology of Health Behavior

Have you ever wondered why clients continue to smoke, fail to exercise, make unhealthy dietary decisions, or otherwise refuse to engage in practices they know will improve their health? Despite decades of educational campaigns teaching us the importance of smoking cessation, physical activity, a balanced diet, we continue to make poor health related decisions. 

Why? If we know that these behaviors are harmful, why do we continue to engage...

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