In the past 26 years, we have certified over 119,000 health, nutrition and fitness professionals. Each month, we honor one of our outstanding alumni who uses what they have learned to inspire others and make a difference.
Meet our alumni of the month, Kayla Jury, and AFPA Certified Holistic Health Coach
What degree did you choose, and why did you choose AFPA?
As a teacher who already has a lot of experience with “traditional” weight loss and healthy practices, I really wanted to expand the depth of my knowledge. In my search for the perfect certification to do this, I found the AFPA Holistic Health Coach Certification. I felt this program would give me the depth of knowledge in holistic health that I wanted!
What are your favorite parts of your career?
The best part about being a health coach is that I really help others. Before becoming a coach, I was a class teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer – so obviously my passion has always been to empower others through education. This has been a way for me to do it in a new way. Through my training, I not only train for nutrition and movement, as other health coaches do, but I also train for our mental fitness. Our mindsets around food, movement, and our bodies are a pivotal part of our success, and often the most beneficial for my clients and myself! My goal is to help each of my clients create harmony between their daily life and their health, which means they can reach their health goals while still enjoying their lives. There is a lot of information on the internet that makes people think that they have to give up the things they love in order to “achieve health”, and I am very happy to be able to show people that being healthy can work for them too!
Do you have any customer success stories you would like to share?
I feel very fortunate to have had so many amazing customer success stories. My clients come to me knowing I’m here to teach, so they are willing to learn and work hard. The biggest success for me is the mental shifts the clients make, not just their physical progress. Mental shifts are very important as they help the client get results that will last their life. With the learning they get from me, they are able to make the right decisions for themselves.
Some specific success from clients is learning that they can eat carbohydrate sources and not be afraid. Learn to give themselves grace and prioritize adding rest and recovery to their days rather than 6-7 days a week. The effects of properly fueling their bodies are huge too! Parents have the energy to dance and play with their kids or athletes which increases their performance and recovery!
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in holistic health?
Hmmm…I guess the advice might be this – do it for the right reasons. There are a lot of coaches who start out because they think it would be a great business to bring flexibility and income. it’s! But ― when someone comes to you with poor health and physical life – you have to be prepared to really be there for them. And the only way to do that is to be there for the right reasons!
The other thing that I think is really important, and I learned this when I was a classroom teacher, is that as much as you can get a client that works for you, you can also have a client that isn’t your best fit. It may take a bit to figure out your ideal client, but when you do, your coach and client relationships will flourish, and thus, client results will be amazing when you only take the right clients on your list!
To connect with Kayla, follow her Instagram For more information or you can contact her directly at Wholehumancommunity@gmail.com To learn more.