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

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Forbes

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EVER STOPPED TO ASK...

Why is it so hard to heal and have a healthy relationship with food and my body?

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

HEALTH DOESN'T COME IN TIDY PACKAGES.

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

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

Each of those contributes to a sense of ease, energy, and capacity to respond to illness and injuries when they arise.

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HOW CAN I HELP?

Popular Options

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NEED A HEALTH JOURNALIST WITH LOTS OF IDEAS?

Writing

As a journalist and author, I have a keen interest in reporting on health equity, entrepreneurship, and innovation. If you need a health reporter or media consultant, let's connect.

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COMMUNITY NEEDS SUPPORT?

Workshops & Events

Give your people what they need most: RELIEF. Their needs are unique, but they can't be expected to manage them in isolation. My research-backed framework offers an opportunity to collectively build personalized, healthy resources they can use for the rest of their lives.

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WANT A NEW WAY TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF—ON YOUR OWN TERMS?

Relief by Design Self-Paced Course

Learn how to build customized, adaptable health and well-being without suffocating diet and fitness plans—on-demand learning at your own pace. 

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DON’T WANT TO GO IT ALONE? 

Private Coaching

Schedule a free consultation to see if we are a match for coaching. This option is for you if you've had enough of trying to figuring this stuff out alone and want extra support—with or without the course.

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LOVE READING? EXPLORE ARTICLES AND BOOKS.

Reading Room

If you love to read and want a variety of health topics to choose from, explore more than 70 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.”

DANIEL PINK

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.”

EMILY SALIERS

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.”

​KELLY McGONIGAL, PhD

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.”

KATRINA KENT

Vice President of Events Liberty Mutual

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

​NIKKI REED

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.”

​​JOY SUTTON

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 know how to find the way out.

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

I work on two distinctly different fronts:

➡️ reporting on people and organizations working to create breakthrough solutions for 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, community reinforcements, and steady exploration of the options at hand.

My books, workshops, journalistic work, and the Relief By Design course are all part of this work.

THE ONLY "WELLNESS PLAN" WORTH STICKING WITH IS YOUR OWN.

Relief By Design:
Leave Restrictive Diets Behind and Create Responsive, Healthy Routines On Your Own Terms

Learn how to build customized, adaptable health and well-being without suffocating diet and fitness plans.

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If you are interested in offering your community resources for sustainable stress relief and healthy coping skills, please reach out for more information. This course is available at group rates and can be paired with a speaking event or workshop.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGERS, LEARNING COORDINATORS, AND EVENT PLANNERS...

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