Merriam-Webster defines wellness as the quality of state of being healthy; or in good health, especially as an activity- sought goal. The Centers for Disease Control define wellness as the degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about life. Therefore, it can be reasoned that wellness coaching is guidance and inspiration provided to otherwise “healthy” individuals who desire to maintain or improve their overall general health.
In contrast, the premise of the NSHC is that health coaching is provided to those with disease, acute and chronic conditions, co-morbidities, and/or moderate to high health risks and shall be conducted by licensed/credentialed healthcare professionals who may also provide clinical interventions and treatments within the coaching engagement.
See NSHC’s Published Article: Advancing the Practice of Health Coaching