Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness

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Guilford Publications, Jan 19, 2016 - Health & Fitness - 276 pages

Making and maintaining lasting changes in nutrition and fitness is not easy for anyone. Yet the communication style of a health professional can make a huge difference. This book presents the proven counseling approach known as motivational interviewing (MI) and shows exactly how to use it in day-to-day interactions with clients. MI offers simple yet powerful tools for helping clients work through ambivalence, break free of diets and quick-fix solutions, and overcome barriers to change. Extensive sample dialogues illustrate specific ways to enhance conversations about meal planning and preparation, exercise, body image, disordered eating, and more. Reproducible forms and handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.


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Part I Motivational Interviewing Basics
Part II The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing
Part IV Beyond the Basics
Part V A Closer Look at Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness Industries
Appendix 1 Making Referrals
Appendix 2 Additional Resources

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Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at California State University, Chico. In addition, she cofounded and is currently Director of FitU, a peer mentoring nutrition and exercise counseling program on campus. She received the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Clifford conducts research and is an accomplished speaker in the areas of MI and non-diet approaches to health and wellness. She has published several research articles in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and written curricula for Today's Dietitian and Nutrition Dimensions. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Laura Curtis, MS, RD, is Director of Nutritional Services at Glenn Medical Center in Willows, California, where she provides clinical nutrition services to patients in acute care and is a nutrition therapist for the outpatient clinic. In addition, she serves as a preceptor to undergraduate dietetic students and a part-time lecturer at California State University, Chico. Ms. Curtis has extensive training in MI at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a nutrition therapist, she provides counseling to patients with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and disordered eating, and to those considering bariatric surgery. In her counseling, she pairs MI with the non-diet principles of intuitive eating and Health at Every Size.

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