Janice Horner, MPH, CHES, NBC-HWC
National Board Certified – Health & Wellness Coach
I have been passionate about promoting health and wellness since I was a young adult. I was overweight as a child, which led to low self-esteem. When I became active in school sports, I lost weight and gained confidence. More importantly, I realized that I could take ownership of my health and make choices leading to a healthier lifestyle – and a happier me.
My personal experience led me to pursue a degree in health education, as I wanted to help others understand that they too had choices when it came to their health and well-being. Throughout my career, I have worked in various roles related to healthcare quality improvement, patient safety and employee wellness. During that time, I kept telling myself that “someday” I would pursue the role of health coach, which I believe is my true calling. In 2013, after turning 40 and experiencing an unexpected layoff, I decided it was time to take the leap.
I chose the Integrative Health Coach program at Duke because of its holistic view of health and the combination of conventional and complementary approaches. The training I received at Duke is a wonderful complement to my Master’s degree in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill, which also focused on health behavior change. I received my certification from Duke in 2015 and in October 2017, I became one of the first National Board Certified – Health & Wellness Coaches, having successfully passed the new national certification exam.
I am currently employed full time as a Wellness Coach with Premise Health on a contract with Wake County Government. In my role, I provide one-on-one coaching to employees and I also facilitate several group educational programs. In addition to being a health coach, I am also a licensed Blue Belt Nia Technique® teacher. Nia is a form of fusion fitness that integrates movements from dance, martial arts and healing arts to condition the whole body, quiet the mind, release stress and restore the spirit. I have been practicing Nia since 2011 and began teaching in 2017. Many of the skills and tools I have learned in my Nia Belt trainings blend well with health coaching. I am excited to explore ways to integrate the two techniques. Click here to learn more about Nia.
I am happily married to Chris, an architect, and we have a fun and beautiful teenage daughter, Evan. I am an avid reader, pop culture enthusiast and enjoy spending time in the North Carolina mountains whenever I can get away.