The COACH Program is a structured telephone and mail-out delivered coaching program for people with chronic disease or at high risk of chronic disease in which trained health professionals (“coaches”) coach people to achieve national guideline recommended target levels for their particular risk factors.
Developed in Australia in 1995, The COACH Program is the world’s only evidence-based coaching program for the prevention of chronic disease. Supported by the highest level of evidence with published randomised controlled trials, The COACH Program has been proven to help people with chronic disease to achieve better health.
Our solid evidence-base is the major reason The COACH Program has been sought after and adopted by health organisations in Australia and internationally.
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease. For instance, high cholesterol increases your chance or ‘risk’ of getting cardiovascular disease (including heart attack and stroke) – this means high cholesterol is a ‘risk factor’. Other known risk factors for cardiovascular disease include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption.
For people with chronic disease or at high risk of chronic disease, the successful improvement of disease risk factors and adherence to recommended medications are the only proven effective treatments that are known to retard the disease process and prolong life.