If you’re interested in food, health, and personal fitness, then you might want to think about becoming a health coach. Personalized medicine and genetic counselling (the science of assessing possible health risks and conditions based on genes inherited from parents) are telling people even more about themselves, down to the way that their DNA shapes their lives.
Food and fitness will always have a big impact on health, but the impacts will be unique for each person. In order to make sure that people have the best plans for their long-term health, changing or building food and fitness habits tailored to specific needs will become popular.
The health coach will need to be very familiar with different kinds of foods and the ways that people prepare and eat meals. In 2030, these typical skills will need to be supplemented by training and experience in other fields. Health coaches may pair up with pharmacists if a more intensive intervention is required. Or, food and fitness will be combined for nutritionists who also provide exercise counselling. Helping people to plan their meals in a way that can help them lead long and healthy lives can be a rewarding and fascinating career.
On the medical side, patient assessment and general meal planning can only be done by qualified health professionals. But it’s also important to keep in mind the flavours and presentation of the dishes, which is where chef-specific skills come in. Some health professionals are good at both parts of the job, but more and more chefs are entering the field as experts in making sure that these dishes are appetizing while still being healthy.