Inclusivity in Health and Fitness with Jake Gifford


In this podcast episode, we explore the power of inclusivity and the potential for positive change with intersectional health coaching, practices and building Inclusive Health Communities. Shannon and Jake delve into the complexities of health disparities, intersectionality, and the role of social determinants in shaping individual well-being. Through an eye-opening discussion, we reimagine the coaching dynamic, fostering stronger connections between coaches and clients, and embracing a broader conceptualisation of health that transcends the physical domain.

About The Guests

Jake Gifford  is a personal trainer & doctoral researcher from Chesham, with research interests in physical activity, weight and health inequalities. He looks at the broader social processes, barriers, and facilitators which impact health and well-being to better inform policy and reduce health inequalities across the population.

This Episode Is A Must Listen For:

  • Health Coaches and Fitness Professionals passionate about making a positive impact on their clients' lives by adopting strategies for an inclusive coaching approach, understanding the diverse needs of your clients, and reframing health to encompass holistic well-being.
  • Compassionate Healthcare Practitioners striving to provide the best care for their patients by considering social determinants of health, acknowledging the impact of patients' identities, and building stronger patient-provider relationships through active listening.
  • Empowered Public Health Professionals wanting  to create meaningful change by engaging with communities, addressing structural factors that influence health, and empowering individuals to take charge of their well-being.
  • Health Enthusiasts on a Personal Growth Journey looking to reframe their perspective on health, seek supportive communities, and develop active listening skills to better understand your own well-being.

Key takeaways:

  • It’s important to understand clients' experiences through the lens of their various identities, such as race, gender, and weight, can lead to more personalised and effective coaching strategies.
  • By practicing active listening, coaches can create a cooperative and empowering relationship with their clients. This involves seeking feedback, understanding diverse needs, and refraining from making assumptions.
  • Coaches can look to address structural factors in their coaching. This involves looking beyond individual behaviours and recognising the influence of social determinants of health, such as access to resources, community support, and digital access.
  • Flourishing Health expands beyond the physical domain and incorporates various factors that contribute to overall well-being, including mental health, social connections, and community involvement.
  • Making a difference on a one-on-one level and helping individuals improve their lives can have a compounding impact over time.

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