• Credible

    Over 20 years in business with over 2 million individual clients

  • Trusted

    Superior outcomes published in 100+ peer-reviewed scientific abstracts/manuscripts

  • Proven

    Highly qualified training faculty with relevant experience in health promotion, disease prevention and global health management

Make a difference

INTERVENT's coaching training and education program will give you the tools and skills needed to help clients make and sustain meaningful lifestyle changes.

Become nationally certified

Upon completion of the course, you may be eligible to become a "National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach" through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Please visit the NBHWC website for more information.


The cost of the course includes the 75+ hours of live and non-live training, the mastery quiz and the review of coaching calls submitted. The fee does not include the cost of any reference books that are recommended for the course.


All INTERVENT faculty are experienced coaches and trainers with unique backgrounds and perspectives. Bios are available for review. Every live session will be conducted by at least two faculty.

Brenda Wright, PhD, NBC-HWC

Vice President - Behavior Change

Dr. Wright received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of education and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Texas. For more than 12 years she served as director of behavioral science and health promotion at the Cooper Institute in Dallas. With more than 30 years of experience in health promotion and disease prevention, Dr. Wright has worked with a variety of clients and populations in the U.S. and internationally, including over 200 corporate health promotion programs. Her publication record includes numerous scientific abstracts and manuscripts, newsletters, books for lay and professional audiences and other technical works. Dr. Wright is one of INTERVENT's co-founders. In her past and current roles at INTERVENT, she has served as the primary author of educational and training materials and adapted materials for global audiences. She has provided training and consultative services to lifestyle and disease management coaches on both subject matter content and coaching practices. As requested by specific clients, she has developed customized on-site health promotion programs, such as fatigue management training for shift workers, interactive seminars and challenges/competitions, and has assisted with preparation of customized evaluation reports. Dr. Wright has served on a development team for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching and holds the NBC-HWC certification.

Neil F. Gordon, MD, PhD, MPH, FACC

CEO and Medical Director

Dr. Gordon obtained his MD and a PhD in exercise physiology in Johannesburg, South Africa. He relocated to the United States in 1987 and obtained a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine. Dr. Gordon served as director of exercise physiology at the world-renowned Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas for six and a half years where he worked with numerous elite athletes. In 1995, Dr. Gordon relocated to Savannah, Georgia, where he founded INTERVENT USA. In his capacity as INTERVENT USA's Chairman and CEO, Dr. Gordon successfully led the company's national and international expansion which culminated in its acquisition by Nationwide Better Health (a subsidiary of Nationwide, one of the world's largest mutual insurance and financial services companies) in April 2007. After the acquisition, Dr. Gordon served as the chief medical and science officer for Nationwide Better Health until 2011 when he led the initiative which resulted in INTERVENT re-acquiring global rights to the INTERVENT programs. Other key past positions include: • Clinical professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, Georgia) • Vice-president of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation • Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine • Chairman of the American Heart Association Committee on Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Dr. Gordon has authored over 100 published scientific manuscripts, eight books and numerous scientific abstracts in the area of preventive medicine.

Terri Kridl, MPH, NBC-HWC

Director of Product Development

Ms. Kridl received her master’s degree in public health and physical activity from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. While at USC, she worked as a graduate assistant with the university’s campus wellness program, leading health promotion programs, assisting with health screenings and organizing health fairs. Her bachelor of science degree in psychobiology is from the University of California, Los Angeles College of Letters and Sciences, where she was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta national academic honor society. At UCLA, she was a research assistant for multiple studies completed through the UCLA School of Public Health. Ms. Kridl joined INTERVENT in 2013 as a health coach where she has worked with participants from diverse corporate wellness programs as well as patients referred from physician networks and a medically-supervised weight management program. She is involved in development of educational materials, including e-learning and social media applications and serves as a lead trainer for INTERVENT’s coach training and education program. Ms. Kridl also consults with clients to implement health fairs, delivers lunch and learn presentations and organizes other onsite events. Ms. Kridl has served as a coauthor on several lifestyle-related manuscripts and abstracts published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is an ACE-certified group fitness instructor and teaches fitness classes in her leisure time. She was among the first group of coaches to receive the NBC-HWC credential from the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching.

Faculty (cont.)

Kim Allen, BS, RDN, NBC-HWC

Director of Lifestyle Health Coaching

Ms. Allen received her bachelor of science degree from Georgia Southern University and completed her dietetic internship at Southern Regional Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia in 2001. Along with her RDN license, she has a level 1 and level 2 certificate of training in adult weight management and has completed diabetes education training courses. Ms. Allen joined INTERVENT as a health coach in 2001 and has coached thousands of participants at all risk levels and in all lifestyle areas and stages of readiness to change. Her experience as a coach trainer is extensive. She has served as a lead trainer for U.S. and international clients in Angola, Thailand, the Philippines, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Bangladesh. In her current role as director of lifestyle health coaching, she manages the customer care representatives (CCRs) and health coaches and conducts ongoing trainings and quality assurance processes. She also consults with clients regarding implementation of onsite wellness programs. Ms. Allen was among the first group of INTERVENT staff to receive the NBC-HWC credential. With Ms. Allen, you'll be learning from the best!!

Richard Valentin, EdD, DHEd, EdS, NBC-HWC

Lead Coach Trainer

Dr. Valentin, one of INTERVENT’s Spanish-speaking health coaches, has been working in the field of health education for approximately 13 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in physical education and a doctoral degree in health education. He also has an education specialist degree in sports management and a second doctoral degree in sports and athletic management. He has received the NBC-HWC credential from the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching. His peer-reviewed publications focus on his primary research interests, which include eating disorders, obesity, self-esteem and weight management self- efficacy. In addition to serving as a lifestyle health coach, Dr. Valentin conducts quality assurance audits and provides feedback and support to coaches. He has been very involved in the development of the coach training curriculum and enjoys delivering the program to coach trainees.

Faculty (cont.)

Amie Queensland, BS, NBC-HWC

Lead Coach Trainer

Ms. Queensland received her bachelor’s degree in school and community health from Winona State University in Minnesota. She has taught health in the school setting and also worked as a public health educator. For nearly 15 years, Ms. Queensland has served as a health and wellness coach, working with participants at all risk levels. Her passion is helping others prioritize their health goals so they can feel their personal best. Ms. Queensland was among the first group of coaches to receive the NBC-HWC credential from the National Board of Health & Wellness Coaching. In addition to coaching, she enjoys her role as trainer and mentor to other coaches as part of the INTERVENT coach training and education program.

Brett McCurdy, BS, RDN, NBC-HWC

Lifestyle Health Coach

Mr. McCurdy obtained a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Idaho. He is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and has also received the NBC-HWC credential from the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching. Mr. McCurdy has worked in the area of wellness counseling since 2012. His work experiences include food service for hospitals, school districts and advanced care facilities, onsite health coaching and nutrition counseling for large employers. As an INTERVENT health coach, Mr. McCurdy is dedicated to providing participants with support for gradual, positive lifestyle changes that will increase internal motivate and confidence. He is eager to share his vast experience in health and wellness with coach trainees.

A word from our faculty

“As you see from my bio, I've worked in health promotion and wellness for years and I've seen the field change and grow. I can even remember before the term "coaching" was commonly used to describe lifestyle interventions. I'm eager to interact with you in these live webinar sessions. I'm sure that I'll learn from each of you as we share experiences and prepare to deliver outstanding health and wellness coaching.”

Brenda Wright

“I have a passion for health coaching. I have the highest regard and respect for the job that coaches do. I'm always available to help and support coaches in any way that I can.”

Kim Allen


  • Why should I take the INTERVENT coach training program rather than others that are offered?

    INTERVENT has been offering evidence-based lifestyle and chronic condition prevention/management coaching programs since 1997. Over two million individuals have participated in our programs, including face-to-face and via digital/telehealth approaches. We’ve published more than 100 scientific abstracts/manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals demonstrating that our coaching programs are effective – to our knowledge, more than any other coach training organization. INTERVENT has always trained its own health coaches internally using proprietary training materials. Our training curriculum places a strong emphasis on health and wellness content, not just on coaching approach/strategies. The INTERVENT training program provides an interactive/engaging experience as evidenced by 60+ hours of live training and personal support. A very high percentage of coaches who have completed the INTERVENT training have passed the exam and become NBHWC-certified.

  • When are training programs offered?

    Live sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. ET (includes 15-minute break). Training programs are scheduled as follows: Closing date for enrollment/payment is July 20. First live session is August 3. Close date for completing course requirements is December 7.

  • Are there prerequisites to the training?

    No. Anyone who is eligible to sit for the NBHWC exam is eligible for this course. Completing the INTERVENT training program does not guarantee that you meet the requirements for employment by INTERVENT as a health and wellness coach.

  • What is covered in the course?

    This course meets all of the training requirements established by NBHWC. When you enroll in the course, you will receive a detailed syllabus that describes the course objectives, requirements, textbooks, attendance policy, worksheets, quizzes, content/scope and sequence for live and non-live sessions and the process for review of submitted coaching calls. You will receive a certificate from INTERVENT to include with your NBHWC exam application. This training does not include the 50 logged coaching sessions required by NBHWC.

  • How much time is required to complete the entire training and education program?

    There are 60 hours of live training with faculty that addresses sections 1, 2 and 4 of the NBHWC outline. These sessions are delivered in two two-hour sessions per week over approximately 16 weeks (with adjustments for holidays). Health and wellness content (section 3 of NBHWC outline) is addressed in 15+ additional hours of video presentations (approximately 1.5 hours per presentation) that can be completed at any time. In addition to the 75+ hours of training (live and non-live), there are readings, study guides, activities and quizzes to complete. The entire training program including call reviews and mastery quiz must be completed by the close date (see table below).

  • How much time should I spend on course work outside of classes?

    Extra time needed for reading and assigned activities will depend upon your prior experience, education and learning style. Trainees who have a college degree in a health-related field may be more knowledgeable of the course content than those from other backgrounds. In general, we recommend allowing one hour of independent study for each hour of training.

  • What is your cancellation/refund policy?

    You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the close of the enrollment period and receive a refund less an administration fee of $150.

  • Is class size limited?

    Yes. To allow for maximum interaction during live sessions, the class size is limited to no more than 16 participants.

  • What type of Internet connection is required?

    You will need a connection that is fast enough to stream video. The training content uses PowerPoint presentations, so for best results, you should plan to view the sessions on a laptop or desktop computer screen.