Janice Horner, MPH, CHES, CPHQ, NBC-HWC
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Certified Integrative Health Coach
Promoting health and wellness has been a passion for me 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 wellbeing. 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. My training required in-person coursework, supervision sessions with coaching instructors, written and oral exams and most importantly, extensive coaching hours. I completed the Certification program in July 2015. 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. As of October 2017, I am a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, having successfully passed the new national certification exam.
In addition to being a health coach, I am also a licensed White Belt Nia Technique® teacher. Nia is a form of fusion fitness for the body, mind and spirit. The technique integrates movements from dance, martial arts and healing arts to condition the whole body, quiet the mind, release stress and restore the spirit. Learn more at www.nianow.com. If you live in the Triangle area of North Carolina, you can find local classes at www.trianglenia.com/class-finder.
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.