The Health Coach You Know

By Tina Rosenberg

Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

Joyce Strickland, who works for the Center for Comprehensive Care, draws on her own experience with illness to help patients with their treatment.

On Tuesday, I wrote about how a health worker named Reynaldo Rodriguez worked with a patient, Joe McManus, to help him stick to his treatment plan to control his AIDS and Hepatitis C. Most of us don’t have the multiple serious illnesses and problems that  McManus does, but a lot of us still share his basic challenge: how do we get ourselves to live more healthfully?    We might need to eat better, quit smoking or drinking or exercise more.  Instead of thinking of it as treatment adherence, we might call it keeping our New Year’s resolutions.
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