A Problem Solving Approach to Nutrition Education and Counseling

Houts Peter, Shankar Sharada, Ann C. Klassen, Ellen B. Robinson, Marline McCarthy

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This report applies problem-solving principles to the design and implementation of nutrition education and counseling programs. A framework is proposed that builds on an extensive body of research in mental health and health education that has demonstrated the efficacy of a problem-solving approach to helping people cope with stressful life events. Our framework uses problem-solving principles in helping participants in nutrition education or counseling programs to overcome obstacles they experience in changing their nutrition behaviors. Both research and clinical experience suggest that incorporating problem-solving techniques in nutrition education and counseling will increase long term change in nutrition behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-258
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Food Science

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Peter, H., Sharada, S., Klassen, A. C., Robinson, E. B., & McCarthy, M. (2006). A Problem Solving Approach to Nutrition Education and Counseling. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 38(4), 254-258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2006.01.005