Introduction to the ‘Habits of Health’: Foundations for Lifelong Wellness

If you have heard of the health program, OPTAVIA, you have probably heard that one of the four pillars of this program is the “Habits of Health”!  In the journey towards achieving and maintaining optimal health, understanding the underlying principles that guide our choices is crucial. This is the essence of the “Habits of Health,” a comprehensive approach developed by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, a visionary in the field of health and wellness. As an OPTAVIA certified health coach, I am intimately familiar with these principles and their transformative impact.

The Premise of the ‘Habits of Health’

The “Habits of Health” is not merely a diet plan or a temporary fix to health issues; it is a holistic lifestyle approach. It encompasses not just what we eat but how we think, move, and approach our overall well-being. The premise is rooted in the understanding that lasting health is achieved through a series of small, sustainable changes in our daily habits. These habits cover a wide spectrum, including nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management, and mindset.

Why It’s Important

  • Comprehensive Approach to Health: The “Habits of Health” goes beyond traditional diet plans that focus solely on weight loss. It addresses the full spectrum of well-being, recognizing that true health is multidimensional.
  • Sustainable Lifestyle Change: By focusing on habit formation, the approach fosters changes that individuals can maintain over the long term, moving away from the cycle of temporary fixes.
  • Empowerment Through Education: Knowledge is a key component. Understanding the ‘why’ behind each habit empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health.
  • Personalization: Recognizing that every individual’s journey is unique, the “Habits of Health” approach is adaptable to different lifestyles, preferences, and goals.
  • Community and Support: The role of an OPTAVIA coach in this journey is pivotal. As a coach, I provide the support, guidance, and accountability that is often missing in self-directed health plans.
  • Proven Results: This approach has helped countless individuals not only achieve their health goals but also develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it means to live healthily.

The Role of an OPTAVIA Health Coach

As an OPTAVIA certified health coach, my role is to guide you through the principles of the “Habits of Health” and help integrate them into your life. I am here to support you in understanding and applying these habits, adapting them to your personal circumstances, and overcoming challenges along the way.


The “Habits of Health” developed by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen offers a revolutionary approach to health and wellness. It’s about creating a life of vitality, longevity, and wellbeing through habitual changes that stick. As your OPTAVIA coach, I am committed to guiding you through this life-changing journey, helping you to not only reach your health goals but to also embrace a healthier lifestyle for the long term.


Embarking on a Transformative Health Journey: Understanding Your WHY

In the realm of health and wellness, the first stride towards meaningful change is not just about setting goals; it’s about understanding the deep-rooted motivations behind these goals. This understanding is what Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, the co-founder of OPTAVIA and an independent coach, delves into in Element 01 of Your LifeBook. As an OPTAVIA certified health coach, I’ve seen firsthand the monumental difference it makes when individuals start their health journey with a crystal-clear comprehension of their WHY.

Element 1: The Essence of Your WHY

Imagine your WHY as the lighthouse guiding you through the misty seas of your health journey. It’s more than just a reason; it’s the core of your commitment, the heartbeat of your resolve. Your WHY is unique, deeply entwined with your personal narrative, and reflects your innermost aspirations.

Reflection: The Starting Point

Embark on a journey of introspection. Take a moment, or several, to really delve into your life’s story. What are the moments that have defined you? What are your deepest desires for health and well-being? Your WHY should be a mirror of your soul, reflecting your true self.

Embracing Change

As your journey unfolds, your initial goals might evolve. Embrace this change. Your WHY is not set in stone; it is a living, breathing entity that grows as you do. By allowing your WHY to evolve, you align your journey with your transformation, ensuring continuous progress.

Writing as a Tool for Clarity

Write down your WHY. Not once, but thrice. This act of writing is a powerful tool for internalization. Place these written reminders in spots you frequent – your refrigerator door, your bedside table, your bathroom mirror. Let them be constant nudges towards your goal.

Vocalize Your Commitment

Say your WHY out loud, with conviction and belief. Do this repeatedly, from dawn to dusk. Articulating your goal reinforces your commitment to it and sharing it with others can amplify its power. Your health journey is a proclamation, not a whisper.

Visualize Success

Close your eyes and paint a picture of your success. Visualization is a potent technique to anchor your WHY in reality. See yourself reaching your goals, feel the emotions attached to that success. This practice not only reaffirms your WHY but also brings your goals within reach.

Positive Reinforcement

Stay buoyant in your journey. Say “YES” to the new, healthier version of yourself that is emerging. Equally important is saying “NO” to temptations that may veer you off your path. Positive reinforcement is key in cementing your resolve.

Your Health Coach: A Partner in Your Journey

As your OPTAVIA coach, my role is to guide you in uncovering and embracing your WHY. Together, we’ll embark on this journey of Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time. I am here to support, motivate, and celebrate your milestones with you. Your journey is personal, but you don’t have to walk it alone.


Identifying your WHY is more than a step – it’s the foundation of your health journey. Aligning your actions with this WHY fuels your drive and builds the resilience needed to achieve your dreams. Remember, the journey to optimal health and well-being is not just about the destination but about understanding and embracing the reasons that propel you forward.

If you’re ready to explore and define your personal WHY and embark on a transformative journey towards a healthier lifestyle, I am here to assist. As your dedicated OPTAVIA Coach, I am committed to helping you make a healthy lifestyle second nature.

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Andrea is a Michigan State University graduate with over 20 years of experience in corporate America. Today, she is a Manifestation, Mentor, and Weight Loss Coach, breaking conventional norms by leaving her office life behind to travel full-time across the United States in an RV. Her mission is to help others achieve mental and physical wellness, empowering them to manifest their dreams and create healthier lives.

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