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Through ethical, evidence-based journalism and more than 20 years of health coaching,
I investigate and elevate institutional and individual sources of relief.



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Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to build healthy routines or a peaceful relationship with your body?

From food systems to fractured healthcare, misleading self-help to unrelenting work and 24-hour news, the infrastructure around us does not generally support durable health and well-being.

Health is about freedom from pain, suffering,  insecurity, fear, and strict, regimented limitations. 

Sustainable well-being is rooted in 👉 safety, respect, systemic reinforcements, a clean environment,  personal agency, connection, pleasure, and play.

Getting there is a matter of strengthening our bodies, communities, organizations, and safety nets.

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How Can I Help?

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Health and Science Writing

As a journalist and author, I have a keen interest in reporting on health equity, entrepreneurship, and innovation. If you need a health and science reporter with lots of ideas, please reach out.


Workshops & Events

Overwhelm is a drain on individuals and organizations. If your community needs support, give them resources for RELIEF. The research-based keynotes and interactive workshops I teach help establish a common language around health and give participants a framework they can adapt for the rest of their lives.

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Private Coaching

Private coaching is for anyone who has struggled to take care of their health and is sick of trying to do it alone. With over 20 years of experience and extensive training, I offer reliable, non-judgmental support. Frequency and duration are completely flexible. Feel free to schedule a free consultation to see if we are a match for coaching.


Relief by Design Self-Paced Course

This course offers on-demand learning for self-driven people who prefer to do things at their own pace. Learn how to build customized, adaptable health and well-being without suffocating diet and fitness plans.


Reading Room

If you love to read and want a variety of health topics to choose from, explore more than 75 Forbes Health articles, freelance pieces, blog posts, or check out any of my three books to dive deeper.

What Others Are Saying

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“From playground to hospice, Sarah dives into the intrinsic value of human bodies at work and at play—championing women's bodies, in particular, as uniquely powerful in their diversity.”


New York Times Bestselling Author of DRIVE and WHEN

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“Sarah Hays Coomer will heal many broken spirits and burdened bodies... The approach to healthy living and weight loss is practical, holistic, and accessible to anyone.”


Indigo Girls

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“​If you've ever wanted the process of change to feel more playful, joyful, and rooted in self-trust—not self-criticism—Sarah Hays Coomer will show you the way.”


Author of The Willpower Instinct and The Joy of Movement

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“Sarah addresses not only nutrition and exercise obstacles but gives you a forum to work on root causes of self-sabotage and what's holding you back from success.”


Vice President of Events Liberty Mutual

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“Coomer's insight is startling, and her approach is gentle but effective.”


Designer, Bayou with Love
Actor - Twilight, Thirteen

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“Working with Sarah has been liberating and transformational. Her encouragement, wisdom, and genuine compassion have been life-changing. I’m forever grateful to have found her.”


Director of Communications
American Addiction Centers

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Sarah Hays Coomer

Like you, I am a lot of things.

I’m a Mayo Clinic- and National Board-certified health coach, Forbes Health columnist, freelance journalist, National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer, speaker, and author of three books.

I’m a mom to one kid and two dogs and a champion of every human being's right to be in their body unapologetically and without fear of discrimination.

I’m also a person who struggled for over a decade with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and chronic pain. I know how it feels to be at war with your body and food, and I have helped many people find the way out.

Through books and articles, private and group coaching, university, non-profit, and corporate workshops, I have spent the past 20 years helping people put down weapons of war against their own bodies and build responsive, accessible approaches to health and healing.

I work on two distinctly different fronts:

➡️ reporting on research, people, and organizations creating  breakthrough solutions for entrenched challenges in health and healthcare

➡️ health coaching in private, group, and organizational settings to provide concrete, evidence-based tools for healing—rooted in kindness, creativity, and environmental and community reinforcements.

My books, workshops, journalism, and the Relief By Design self-paced course are all part of this work.

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