Inspiring and Supporting Behavior Change: A Food, Nutrition, and Health Professional's Counseling Guide
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), you are likely familiar with helping your patients make changes that can improve their health and well-being. The reality, however, is that not all patients are motivated to make these changes. This comprehensive guide provides tips and tools to help empower your patients on their journey towards better health, such as building self-efficacy, finding resources beyond nutrition counseling, understanding the various models of care available, utilizing motivational interviewing, goal setting and more. Using the transtheoretical model or stages of change, RDNs can provide tailored care to support patients’ individual needs and positively shift behavior. In addition to providing high quality nutrition counseling services encapsulated through the patient-centered medical home model, RDNs must consider health literacy and cultural diversity when working with patients in order to offer appropriate advice that takes into account personal values and hierarchies of beliefs. Together we can build long-term support for our patients and nurture the ability for individuals to take ownership of their own well-being through highly individualized nutrition practices.