The Scoop: Many singles and couples are ready to feel better physically and mentally after dealing with a global pandemic for more than a year. Culina Health helps them make that transition by approaching health goals in a fresh way that differs from fad diets or workout routines. The company works with registered dietitians who provide science-based advice and create individualized health plans for each member. Culina Health works closely with clients on their health journeys to help them find success and sustain wellness for life.
In the fall of 2020, a survey of 2,000 Americans found that 63% of them now recognize the importance of physical health after experiencing social distancing and stay-at-home mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some respondents even admitted they had stayed at home so long they couldn’t remember the last time they wore pants.
Additional weight snuck up on many singles and couples as they ate more snacks, consumed more alcohol, and dealt with increased stress. Unfortunately, obesity is also a risk factor for many serious ailments, including complications associated with COVID-19. That has led a growing number of people to commit to focusing on their health and wellness. And those who need help making a lifestyle change often seek advice from the registered dietitians at Culina Health.
It doesn’t take long for people to understand how challenging a health and wellness journey can be. The team members at Culina Health have been through their own journeys and know the difficulties members face.
“We know nutrition and health are tough, and we welcome everyone with no judgment,” said a spokesperson for Culina Health. “With us, this journey will not be about dieting or restricting. Instead, it’s a healthy lifestyle shift that can and should be fun.”
Clients who work with a Culina Health registered dietitian receive the support and guidance they need to make the changes that will help them feel good. The program can also empower singles and couples to ditch the diet mentality and replace it with healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Nutrition Coaching Based on Science, Not Fads
The Culina Health team knows that intuitive, accessible, and personalized education on nutrition and health isn’t easy to come by. Many doctors don’t have the proper training to give actionable advice. Likewise, influencers who can motivate singles and couples to try new methods or fad diet products don’t always have expertise in nutrition or exercise.
The makers of detox products and other so-called diets are often just trying to make fast money, not help keep people feeling and looking their best over the long term.
“The fact of the matter is that nutrition goes far beyond the scale or what size you are, and nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all situation,” the spokesperson said. “We wanted to create a company that helps people reach their goals, learn what health and healthy eating really are, stay accountable, feel confident with their path, and feel supported along the way.”
The team consists of seasoned registered dietitians with special training in a variety of nutrition-related issues among all genders. Clients can connect with a dietitian who will provide nutrition coaching tailored to their situation.
“Our RDs all have different coaching styles and specialties, so having a wide array of expertise on staff ensures we have something that clients are looking for,” the spokesperson said.
Culina Health also serves a wide range of clients, including people as young as 10 years old, high school students, and even grandparents. Every gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion, and culture are welcome to start a health and wellness journey.
Couples can create goals together but still meet one-on-one with a dietitian. Culina Health also helps singles ready to get back into the dating scene feel their best.
Clients Work One On One With Health Professionals
Trained Culina Health professionals make it a point to consider individual traits, including habits and mentality around food, when working with each client. As a result, the process of working with the team is different for everyone.
They start with an initial session designed to set the foundation and create a history for the client’s body composition and overall health.
“We meet each client where they are and, using that foundation, start to set small, achievable goals to work toward until the next session,” they said.
They’ll discuss lifestyle and eating habits, tastes, and dislikes before brainstorming long-term, achievable goals. Clients can expect plenty of education during each session, so they can feel empowered to make the right decisions and use new skills to meet their wellness goals.
All advice and tips are based on academic training, they said.
“All of our RD’s take science-backed, evidence-based research and information and relay it in a way that is helpful, understandable, and useful to each client to tackle their goals,” they said.
After each session, clients receive notes from dietitians with updated health plans, including nutrition and lifestyle goals. In addition, they’ll share recipes, shopping lists, meal ideas, and product recommendations — tools to equip them for success.
Follow-up sessions include some accountability, with clients sharing what worked and what didn’t since the last time they talked. They discuss struggles and achievements and work together to build on goals each week to move forward on the health journey.
Culina Health: People Are Ready to Change Their Diet
The COVID-19 pandemic changed how many businesses operated — and the way Culina Health worked with clients. Previously, it met with singles and couples in person, but now more people prefer telehealth services. So Culina Health makes it easy to book an online session with a registered dietitian.
“Finding time to come in for a session was a huge barrier to a lot of clients with busy schedules. Now, they can log into a session from home, work, or even their car,” the spokesperson said. “We became more accessible to a lot more people. It’s allowed us to see people all over the country — even other countries.”
The team found that many people are interested in losing the weight they’ve gained over the last year. What’s more, they said the pandemic was a wake-up call for many to get their health under control so they can live full, active lives.
According to the spokesperson, another benefit of the stay-at-home mandates was that many people discovered a love of cooking. That can make it easier for people to track what they eat, avoid treats and excess oils, and create new habits that make it easier to stay fit.
Culina Health’s ultimate goal is for clients to no longer need its services. When people effectively integrate new, healthy habits into their daily lives, the registered dietitians feel successful.
“We’ve done our job if a client has not only reached their health goals but feels educated and confident enough to continue with a sustainable lifestyle to maintain that,” the spokesperson said.