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6/20/2013 11:21:00 AM
Health coach helps strike a balance

By his own admission, striking the perfect work/life balance was something Tom Klinkhammer, an employee at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, was not particularly good at. "I had so many things going on and I didn't know how or where to start," says Klinkhammer. "But something needed to change."

Klinkhammer enlisted the services of Amy Mattila, a health coach at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls. Using science-based evidence, a health coach helps people reach their healthy lifestyle and wellness goals by identifying barriers to weight loss, stress management, tobacco cessation and chronic disease management.

Managing stress in his personal and professional day-to-day life was his goal. "On a scale of one to ten, my stress level was an eight. Now, I am happy to say it's at a three," says Klinkhammer.

On a weekly basis since February, the duo met one-on-one to identify areas of stress in his life and set goals such as eating lunch without allowing interruptions. Taking short breaks that might include a 15-minute walk outdoors also became part of a new routine for Klinkhammer.

Incorporating more vigorous exercise a few times a week has had a double benefit. Both he and his wife joined a gym and exercise together. In addition to burning calories, time at the gym has helped nurture their relationship, says Klinkhammer. "We often run errands together after our workout and spend more quality time together than we did before."

At the end of May, Klinkhammer had his annual physical exam. In addition to losing a few pounds, his cholesterol had dropped by 45 points.

"Working with a health coach hasn't just impacted one area of my life, it's impacted everything," he says. "I have more energy and self-esteem and feel more productive when I'm at work. At home, I am more relaxed and less stressed. My family is thankful for that."

"Behavioral change isn't easy; I am very impressed with Tom's dedication to achieve his goals," says Mattila.

Health coaching is offered free of charge to patients of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls. A referral from a primary care provider in Cannon Falls is required before enrolling in the program. To schedule an appointment, call 507-263-4221.

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