It’s been one year since I completed my health coach course through Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I’m often asked by others wishing to learn more about health if they should also choose IIN.
My answer is … maybe.
I was absolutely wowed by the course. For the many reasons I’ll go through below, I am certain it was a perfect choice for me.
But whether YOU choose IIN depends on you!
Where are you now, and where do you want the course to take you?
Do any of these describe you?
- You spend hours devouring health and wellness blogs.
- You want to discover what all healthy diets have in common.
- You’d love to improve your own health and of those around you.
- A career that supports a healthier lifestyle is really appealing.
- Friends come to you for a listening ear.
- A health condition has caused you to rethink your purpose and approach.
Then read on, because this one conversation might change your life.
What is IIN?
IIN is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Initially offered on premises in 1992, for about 8 years it has been offered solely online, and 50,000 students have graduated as a Health Coach after one year of study.
Well-known personalities such as Jess Ainscough, Pete Evans, Sarah Wilson, Miranda Kerr and Kris Carr are some of those. Plus thousands of less well-known health coaches transforming the health and happiness of those in their pocket of the world, with students from 122 countries to date.
Graduates use their knowledge to become a health coach, establish product lines, open cafés and catering companies, combine with other health specialities, or for their personal health and those around them.
What did I do with my health coach certification?
Then, when a move to a small Pacific island required a change to my services, I began writing a book, Your Relocation Solution: be healthy and happy wherever you are, which was published in October 2014. Specifically for women wishing to be healthier and happier in a new location, publishing a book in e-format and in print was a great way to share my skills, experience and passion. IIN call it the ripple effect: ‘Our mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.’
What did I like about the IIN course?
- The like-minded community, particularly the active Facebook group in my country of Australia, a truly supportive and inspiring mix of mostly women and a few men.
- The materials, ranging from lectures, webinars, handouts and links.
- The lecturers, true experts in their fields, including Deepak Chopra, Mark Hyman, Arianna Huffington, Mark Sisson, David Wolfe, Andrew Weil, Dr Oz and Gabrielle Bernstein.
- The passion, truly infectious. Each one of us keen to change our world.
- The extra resources, during the course and the following year, for study into more specialised areas. Plus an optional six-month Immersion course after graduation, which I’ve chosen to begin in January 2015.
- The price, especially when compared with $35,000 for the Masters of Wellness through RMIT.
- The flexibility of study times.
- The length of course, 44 weeks.
- The range of topics covered, from nutrition to movement, career, relationships, spirituality and more – all of the things that ‘feed’ us.
- The concept of bio-individuality – what works for one person may differ for another.
- The business and marketing training once the coaching and knowledge modules were complete, ensuring students are able to establish a business should they wish to.
What didn’t I like about the IIN course?
- The easy exams. While this fits IINs mission of being accessible to all, and therefore allowing everyone a chance to make changes large or small, it does make the certificate less respected. I’d like to see different levels of pass.
- The Apple device requirement. While this was very convenient for me, it wasn’t for others.
- No transcripts of lectures. I learn by taking notes, however this did limit my option to listen while driving or cooking. The handouts were in written form, just not the lectures.
Please note the course and delivery methods are being updated with every class start, so please check with admission staff if these are of concern to you. They may have been rectified since I graduated – I have certainly heard of exciting developments in the online delivery via the new Learning Center.
An offer for you
IIN offer a referral thank you to graduates of the school, like myself, who recommend the course. I would do so with no compensation, as this course has been absolutely perfect in getting me started in the health and wellness industry, with an enormous amount of health information as well as business and marketing advice. However, the referral reward also allows me to offer those considering enrolling the opportunity to personally ask me questions, via email, Zoom, Google Hangout or Skype. Obviously there is no commitment on your part to enrol after our chat, which may help you decide if this course is for you. Contact me to request a session HERE.
Receive free course information and health resources, plus sample a nutrition class from IIN HERE.
IIN offer a discount to students who have been personally referred, so be sure to ask about the ‘Ambassador Savings Offer’ during your pre-enrolment discussion, you can of course use my name, Kylie Bevan.
Any questions of me, please ask, happy to help!