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The Client Intake Form: What It Is and How to Use It.



Most successful nutrition, fitness, and health coaches will tell you…

Client intake forms are crucial.

That’s because, as the saying goes, “If you aren’t assessing, you’re guessing.”

And guessing about what your client wants and needs can leave both of you feeling frustrated.

For example, people who struggle with their weight are likely to overeat. But guessing at what’s causing them to overeat doesn’t usually work.

It could be their lack of sleep.

Or their stress levels.

Or their home environment.

It could even be a combination of all three. 

Take Riley, who initially came to Precision Nutrition super coach Jeremy Fernandes, PN2, seeking weight loss.

After answering some stress-related questions on an intake form, Riley told Coach Jeremy:

“I knew my life was stressful, but I’ve never seen it in black and white. Wow.”

This new awareness gave Coach Jeremy an opportunity to identify—and start with—Riley’s most immediate coaching need.

For the first several weeks, Riley experimented with a variety of stress relief practices. In the end, those practices were the turnkey that allowed Riley to address nutrition and fitness.

And Coach Jeremy might not have known to start with stress reduction without doing a thorough client intake.

That’s why we devoted a whole story to the client intake process.

You’ll learn:

How using a client intake form can make you a better coach.

The questions you really need on a client intake form.

Exactly how and when to use an intake form for the best results.

FREE Client Intake Form for health coaches!

Download and use our FREE fillable and printable client intake form. It’s the form we created for our Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification students.

Use it as-is, or as a starting point to make your own.

Want to get it right now? Download it here.


5 ways to use a client intake form to be a better health or nutrition coach

Aside from identifying immediate coaching needs, there are several ways a strategic coaching intake form and session can enhance your coaching practice. Here’s how.

#1: Highlight strengths you can build upon.

You’ll be able to see what clients are already doing well, and capitalize on that. Be sure to tell your clients what you notice they’ve already mastered.

#2: Identify limiting factors that might hold your clients back.

Let’s say a client tells you they want to get in the best shape of their life. But, through the intake, you see that they’re caring for an infant. They’re also going to night school. And working full-time. Clearly, their time is limited.

Unless you work together to find time for nutrition and exercise, it’s likely that the “best shape of their life” isn’t going to happen, no matter how brilliantly you design their programming.

#3: Get the conversational juices flowing.

You can use your clients’ intake questionnaire answers to find ways to connect. Get curious, ask questions, and form that coach-client bond.

#4: Smoothly segue into sensitive topics.

Imagine a client who thinks the key to losing weight is eating bananas. Just bananas. They’re frustrated because they’re not making progress.

When you look at their intake, you see that this person is only sleeping four hours at night.

You can now redirect the conversation without having to convince them their bananas-only approach won’t help them. Instead you can say something like:

“I noticed you’re not sleeping that much. How do you think that’s impacting your eating habits?”

#5: Overcome something called “the righting reflex.”

There’s a concept in motivational interviewing known as the righting reflex. (If you’ve done the Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification, you may already know about it.)

The righting reflex is a coach’s tendency to jump in and steer their clients in a predetermined “right” direction.

But even if the right direction seems like a no-brainer (we all need more veggies, don’t we?), this sets up a dynamic where you argue for one thing (veggies!)—and your client digs in and argues against it (“I can’t eat more veggies because…”)

(It’s okay. We’ve all been there.)

A well-rounded intake helps you overcome this reflex by nudging you to ask follow up questions. By its very nature, the intake isn’t about prescribing and fixing. It’s about listening and learning.

Questions every intake form should have

Intake forms are about more than just stats, goals, and food. Ideally, they provide you with a well-rounded picture of your client’s health and life.

That’s why the best intake forms include questions about:

▶ Goals and desired outcomes: Does your client want better energy levels? Improved fitness? A different body composition?

▶ Current nutrition and lifestyle practices: What are their eating habits, food preferences, training habits, and sleep patterns?

▶ Nutrition and lifestyle knowledge: What have their past experiences with weight loss or gain been? How long have they been training?

▶ Body composition and measurements: What’s their current height and weight? What are their girth measurements?

▶ Social support and environment: Who do they live with? Who does the cooking in their house? How’s their support system?

▶ Health needs and limitations: Do they have any major health issues? Food allergies? Do they take medications?

▶ Function and physical capability: Do they have any pain? How’s their athletic performance?

▶ Psychological state and mindset: How ready  are they to change? What are their emotions like right now?

Additionally, the intake form is a great place to capture communication preferences and style.

On this form, you can also add a medical disclaimer that requires clients to clear any new fitness or nutrition changes with their medical provider.

(For an extensive client intake template, see our FREE download above.)

Offer the intake form after your client has committed to coaching.

Many new nutrition, fitness, and health coaches ask: “Should I offer an intake session as a marketing tool? You know, a free service in order to seal the deal with a new client?”

Our take: Nope.

You really want to charge for the time you spend on this assessment.

That’s because the intake is an extensive process. It involves a lot of time for a client who may or may not commit.

So rather than give away a free intake, you might instead provide a free discovery call. Think of that call as a speed date. You’re using it to see whether you and the client are a good fit for one another.

Then have them complete the intake form after you’ve made the sale.

How to talk to clients about the intake form

It doesn’t have to be complicated. To broach the topic with new clients, you might say:

“I’m going to send you a detailed intake assessment because I want to get to know you. I want to learn more about your history, your goals, what you’ve done in the past. This will give me a 360-degree view of you.”

You might wonder: Is it better to do the intake together? Or give the client the intake form to fill out?

Usually, clients reveal more about themselves when they complete an intake form on their own.

Assigning it as “homework” gives them time to mull over questions. They might also be more honest about negative feelings like shame, anger, and guilt without having to make eye contact with you.

But this isn’t true of everyone. You’ll encounter clients who’re resistant to filling out the intake form. In that case, you might dedicate one of your first sessions to verbally going through the intake form together, almost like you’re interviewing them.

Or, you could devote 10-ish minutes of your first few sessions to diving into one or more aspects of the intake form, gradually building a relationship with your client over time.

What if a client doesn’t fill everything out?

That happens, and it’s okay.

You can say, “I noticed you didn’t answer this question on your intake form. Can you tell me more about that?”

Some clients will tell you that they’re overwhelmed. Or that the form included too many questions for them to process. In those cases, go over remaining questions in your next session and fill in the answers yourself.

Other clients might say, “I’m not ready to talk about that right now.” That may mean the questions triggered a trauma, stressor, or tension that they don’t yet feel safe enough to talk about.

In that case, back off, saying something like, “Okay, we can table that for now. Let’s focus on something else.”

What to do after your client gives you their intake form

You don’t have to act on all of the information at once. That would be overwhelming—for you and your client. So think of the intake form like a living document, one you expand on over time.

When your client sends you the form:

Affirm that you received it, making sure to touch on one of their answers. For example, you might say, “I see you’ve tried a lot of diets in the past, and you want this one to be your last. I’m here to help. Let’s do this!”
Set up time for a kick off meeting. This is when you go over the form, ask any questions you have, and start discussing how you’ll move forward.
During the kick off meeting, review their responses. If needed, ask any follow up questions by saying, “Tell me more about…” or “I see you do shift work. How does that affect your sleep?”
Make sure to mention positives. You might say, “Let’s build on your strengths. What do you feel you already have in place that might help you on this journey?”

You’ll also want to mention anything your client has shared that’s particularly sensitive or vulnerable. This applies even if the client’s revealed information that puts you miles outside your coaching lane.

For example, a client might tell you about their messy divorce or how they were molested as a child.

Unless you’re qualified as a mental health professional, you’re not here to help with these issues. At the same time, not acknowledging such a revelation could seem cold, or imply you’re uncomfortable talking about serious stuff.

To smoothly navigate back to your coaching lane, you might say, “I really appreciate that you were so honest and that you shared so openly with me.”

Then shift gears to your expertise, which is nutrition and health.

You might transition with something like, “So tell me, how is this showing up in your food behaviors today?”

(For more conversational ninja techniques for staying in scope, see: “I’m a Coach, Not a Therapist.”)

What to do after the kick off meeting

Once you’ve gone over your intake form and fully understand your client’s background, you’re ready to work together to set priorities. Use what you learned from the intake process to help your client define specific, clear, concrete goals that address their deepest motivations.

After all, you should know them pretty well by now.

If you’re a coach, or you want to be…

Learning how to coach clients, patients, friends, or family members through healthy eating and lifestyle changes—in a way that’s personalized for their unique body, preferences, and circumstances—is both an art and a science.

If you’d like to learn more about both, consider the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification.

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European Court of Human Rights Affirms Freedom of Religion or Belief of Russian Scientologist



LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 6, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has once again affirmed the rights of Scientologists in Russia to practice their religion based on Article 9 of the ECHR Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, announced the Church of Scientology International.

PHOTO CAPTION: European Court of Human Rights (Photo by Katrinitsa, Creative Commons license).

Article 9 states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

“Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”

In its September 28, 2021, judgment in Kuropyatnik v. Russia, (Application no. 64403/11), the ECHR ruled that Scientologist Vladimir Leonidovich Kuropyatnik, a Moscow Scientologist, was illegally detained by a Russian police officer who questioned him on the basis of his membership in the Scientology religion.

The Court found Kuropyatnik’s October 13, 2010, detention deprived him of liberty and violated Articles 8 and 9 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which guarantee the right to respect for private and family life and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The ECHR noted that at the time this incident took place, the Church of Scientology had been registered as a religious organization in Russia for more than two decades and that Russian authorities had consistently over the years acknowledged the religious nature of Scientology. This Court found Russian police targeting Mr. Kuropyatnik for being a Scientologist was a blatant abuse of his religious freedom by the Russian state and ordered Russia to pay him EUR8,000 in damages for violating his human rights.

This decision is consistent with the European Court of Human Rights landmark decision of 5 April 2007 in the case Church of Scientology Moscow v. Russia (Application no. 18147/02), which overturned the Moscow city government’s refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organization. The Court found that Russia violated the rights of the Church of Scientology under ECHR Article 11 (the right to freedom of association) “read in the light of Article 9” (the right to freedom of religion) when it refused to reregister the Church of Scientology of Moscow.

Once again, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld that Scientologists are guaranteed the same rights by the European Convention on Human Rights granted to those of any other religious organization.

The European Court of Human Rights was established to create a mechanism for the resolution of human rights complaints against States parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1950. Located in Strasbourg, France, the Court has jurisdiction over 47 states in Europe, including Russia, with a combined population of some 820 million citizens.

This announcement was originally published as a blog on the Scientology Religion website. The Church of Scientology publishes this blog to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion’s ecclesiastical leader.

For more information on Scientology, visit the Scientology website or the Scientology TV network.

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Debt Cap Voting: Republicans Are Poised to Thwart Efforts to Raise Borrowing Limits As Defaults Are Approaching



Washington-As the country barrels towards default, Republicans are ready to sink Democratic efforts to suspend federal borrowing restrictions.

Senate Republicans are blocking measures passed in the House of Representatives that will be suspended Debt limit Until December 2022. At least 10 Republicans must join all Senate Democrats to break the GOP filibuster and pass the bill with a simple majority vote.

Democrats argue that this will give Republicans exactly what they are looking for: a country’s borrowing limit approved only by Democrats.

“Tomorrow’s vote is not a vote to raise debt caps, but rather a procedural step to get Democrats to raise debt caps,” Senate leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday. “We’re not asking the Republicans to vote for you, they’re just letting them vote.”
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But the Republicans aren’t retreating. They have full control of Washington and plan to pass trillions of socio-economic packages with zero Republican input, so Democrats must act to raise their federal debt caps themselves. I’ve been doing things that don’t happen for months.

“They said they were ready to work on their own,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “The easiest way to do this is to use the tuning process, as I’ve pointed out for two months.”

Republican McConnell has reiterated that Democrats need to raise debt limits to cover the potential trillions of costs in the unpassed portion of President Joe Biden’s agenda, but it has already taken. Debt limits need to be raised to cover spending under the unified Republican-backed Trump administration.

Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) said she did not support voting on ABC News on Tuesday.

“We are not going to empower a radical march towards socialism,” said Graham, a top Republican member of the Budget Committee.

Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has highlighted potential solutions, including temporarily suspending filibuster rules that require 60 votes for most bills.

“It could go down, at least for a demand on a debt limit to end the filibuster and pass it with 51 votes,” Sanders suggested.

However, to do this, a rally of 50 Democrats needed to remain unified, and both Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinecine of West Virginia opposed the change in filibuster rules.

Republicans haven’t been recorded yet and say they’re ready to join the Democratic Party to pave the way for a final vote on Wednesday’s debt restrictions, but moderate Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Many have opened the door to potential participation.

“I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to avoid falling into the default situation, and I don’t want to get close to it,” Marcusski said. “We need to confirm. We just need to confirm.”

The country technically reached its debt cap on August 1, and the Treasury took special steps to pay the country’s invoice. However, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said her division’s efforts would be completely exhausted by October 18, and defaults would be nearly certain.

Pressure is rising alongside party gridlock, and backup plans have not surfaced.

McConnell and his meeting insist on using a swift budgeting tool called reconciliation that allows Democrats to break filibusters and pass certain laws. The use of this mysterious process is tedious and can take weeks, freeing Democrats into a series of potentially politically distressing votes.

However, insisting on using this process could have additional political interests for Republicans. It will leave Democrats a record of raising debt caps by a large amount, but Wednesday’s vote-simply suspending debt caps at a certain amount-is not. It will affect the Republican story that Democrats are out of control spenders.

Senator Mike Rounds (RS.D.) said on Tuesday that he was “very interested in a particular amount.” “They would have to come in front of the Americans and say,’This is the amount we’re going to spend, so we’re going to increase our debt cap by X.’ There. “

Some Democrats say they support the use of a settlement if it means a quick solution to the debt restriction issue. Manchin said the process should be considered, and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said when asked by reporters whether to consider fast-track budgeting tools, “everything should be on the table. “.

But with each passing day, Democrats are limited in the amount of time they have to quickly track up debt cap increases through a multi-step process, and Democrats have not begun work on the reconciliation process, even behind the scenes. Tell ABC News about it.

“No, not at this time,” Sanders told ABC News.

Some Democrats were more emphasizing.

“The settlement was never at the table,” said Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. “I don’t have enough time for the settlement to work.”

But on Tuesday, Schumer did not explicitly exclude it.

Schumer repeatedly mentioned Wednesday’s vote as the preferred way to raise debt caps when asked if they would be excluded using the budgeting process.

“Reconciliation is a complex process drawn out. We have shown the best way. We are moving in that direction,” Schumer refused to entertain Plan B.

If a country defaults, the consequences are definitely catastrophic. The White House warned that unprecedented defaults could shock the global economy and cause a recession. The political impact of both parties is unknown.

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Which Are the Two Options You Have to Choose From If You Want to Bet on the Go?



People use their computers and laptops to bet on sports and play casino games all the time. Thanks to the different online betting websites, accessing your favorite hobby has never been easier. Everyone (assuming you live in a country where i Gaming is legal) can try out several betting websites in a matter of seconds. There are many differences between the brands, but in general, all of them allow you to use different features and promotions.

Even though those things are great, there are some drawbacks that have to be taken into account. The biggest one is related to the fact that you need to have access to a computer in order to bet. Some people don’t consider this to be a problem because their job requires them to sit in front of the computer all the time. However, others don’t have the privilege of using a PC or a laptop while at work. That’s why those people have no other option but to use their mobile devices.

We live in a world where most people around us use a smartphone or a tablet daily. We always carry those devices with us, which makes them the ideal “tool” to allow us to bet on the go. Let’s take a look at the two things that you can do if you want to have fun without the need for a computer.

Downloading and installing a mobile app

The first thing you can do if you want to use your smartphone or tablet is to download and install a mobile app. This process is complicated and it might take some time, depending on your preferred mobile OS. Luckily, punters with Android and iOS can get the BoyleSports app directly from this source by EB and start using the services of one of the most popular online betting platforms. Although you can download and install this app within seconds, there are many potential problems that some users might come across if they want other apps.

The most common issue Android users have to face is the lack of an app inside Google Play. Only a few iGaming sites have apps there, so you will most likely have to download and install an apk file. To do that, you need to open your device’s settings and enable the option to install apps from different sources.

Using a mobile website

The mobile application that you might want to download and install has a lot of advantages. However, unless you get the BoyleSports app for Android and iOS from Efirbet, you may spend a lot of time trying to find a legit apk file. The good news is that there is a solution to your problems – the mobile website.

Online bettors who don’t want to deal with the problems of getting an app can simply use the operator’s mobile website. Every online casino and bookmaker has a mobile version of its desktop site. Some of them try to make exact copies of their original websites, whereas others are more innovative. No matter which kind of mobile website you choose, it will let you bet on sports and play the casino games you want to. Furthermore, you can use the different features and promos.

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