Health Coaches Asia Gala Dinner 2023: 

A Night of Celebration, Inspiration, and Wellness.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -  The Health Coaches Asia Gala Dinner 2023 on 4th Nov in Kuala Lumpur was a celebration of the dedication and relentless commitment of our pioneer health coaches in Asia. The event was graced by two distinguished guests of honour, Dr. Manimaran A/L Krishnan Kaundan, Director of the Institute For Health Behavioral Research (IPTK), and Puan Suraiya binti Syed Mohamed, Director of the Health Education Division, who both added a sparkle to the event and lots of inspiration for those present.


The evening commenced with an inspiring opening speech by one of the founders of Health Coach International, Ms Jessica See, as she acknowledged the role of the pioneer coaches in fulfilling the vision to create a community of health coaches in Asia. She ended her moving speech by urging all the coaches to carry their candle into the world to light up the darkness, and become beacons of hope, agents of change, and champions of well-being.

The inspiration piled on with a most encouraging speech by Puan Suraiya, who stressed the importance of health education in empowering individuals to make informed choices about their well-being. This was followed by Dr. Manimaran, who highlighted the need for effective behavioural research in the healthcare field and commended the health coaches for their invaluable work. Their speeches were nothing short of inspiring, highlighting the pivotal role health coaches play in shaping a healthier society.

Through the night, we heard from some of the certified health coaches, some who were present like Dr. Zarihah Zain, and Dr. Chen Ye Hong, who both shared their journey into the world of health coaching and their hope for the future. We also heard from some who were not able to join us - Yuki Christie in Australia, Jetson Hoh in Kuching and Dr Bhavna Khurana in the United Kingdom. 

Passion is what sets our health coaches apart, says KC See, a director of Health Coach International in Malaysia, and this can be felt in bucket loads as the coaches came together to make this event their event.

Outstanding health coaches were recognized for the dedication and determination that took them on an undoubtedly challenging journey marked by late nights of study, by countless hours spent understanding the intricacies of behavior change. Certificates were awarded to individuals who had completed the Certificate in Health Coaching and Certified Health Coach programs. 

The evening added an element of fun and fashion with a Best-Dressed Contest. Selected participants went on stage to do an impromptu catwalk, with Dr Chen taking home the first prize of a hair makeover and photography shoot, sponsored by Bengio and Kalvintaka worth RM750! The second and third places went to certified health coach Datin Kartini Md Khalid and Dr Mustaqim Isham, who came all the way from Penang with his team to attend the event. Last but certainly not least, an inspiring speech by co-founder of Health Coach International Mr Patrick Yc Lim, added a high note to end a memorable night.

The success of the Health Coaches Asia Gala Dinner would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors. The event was proudly sponsored by Hendshake, Kalvintaka Art Studio, certified health coach BenGio Leong, The Kaili Body and Soul Management, and Jaz Agro Farm. And special mention also goes to certified health coach Allen Cheong who amazed everyone with his limbre yoga demonstration. 

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all our guests and to the attendees for their unwavering commitment and their continued support. This memorable event highlighted the commitment of health coaches to make a difference in the lives of many, and the positive influence they bring to the world of health and wellness, with the invaluable support of the Malaysian Ministry of Health. The evening was a resounding success, providing an atmosphere of camaraderie, inspiration, and a glimpse of the promising future of health.

If you missed this year's Gala Dinner, be sure to watch out for next year's event and be part of this incredible celebration of health, wellness, and the individuals who are dedicated to making a meaningful impact in this field!