MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lippert was chosen to be among the first ever group of health professionals to sit for the board examination, to address the growing need to assist people living with chronic conditions. The exam was administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners, in conjunction with the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching. This new national certification allows employers and individuals to identify qualified coaches just as they would any medical professional, by verifying they're board certified.
An already accomplished 20-year veteran speaker and trainer of over 30,000 people around the world, Lippert was driven to attain this professional distinction for reasons beyond business. For Lippert, this was personal.
"This whole journey has been deeply personal for me," said Lippert. "My family has been devastated by critical illness, and I'm absolutely committed to channeling that pain into something positive."
Lippert lost her mom to breast cancer in 2010, underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy in 2011, stood beside her father as he battled cancer in 2013, and lost her sister to lung disease in 2016. Just weeks after her sister's passing, Lippert's brother was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.
"Thankfully, most cancers aren't genetic like they are in my family. That means people can influence their chances of getting it, and other conditions, by living a healthy lifestyle. I intend to use every ounce of my being to help them live that life," said Lippert.
Lippert was encouraged to sit for the exam by a team of professionals at Mayo Clinic, where she completed her graduate level training and certification to become a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, an emerging profession in the medical field. Lippert was one of under 100 graduates of Mayo Clinic to sit for the board examination and make history.
Lippert was excited when presented with the opportunity, but also nervous about the huge and unknown undertaking it would be. She shared the opportunity with her brother, then four months into his brave and aggressive battle against cancer. "He made me a deal," said Lippert. "He told me to use my courage to sit for the exam, and he would continue to use his courage in his fight against cancer."
Both have kept up their end of the deal.
"That really put things into perspective for me," said Lippert. "My brother is fighting for his life. That's real courage."
A true pioneer in her field, Lippert is excited to move forward to make a positive difference in the lives of others. "I'm going to continue to use my education, my experience, and my enthusiasm, to help others," says Lippert. "It's my way of honoring every person who has ever battled critical illness. They mattered. And they inspire me every day."
Visit Lippert's website at bertalippert.com for more information and resources to live a happy, healthy life, full of purpose and meaning.
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