Individualized Situation-based Nutrition Counseling (InSNC) is a curriculum that helps dietitians and nutritionists tailor counseling to prevent age-related weight gain in midlife women 40-60 years in age.
In previous research women tended to have four to five “eating occasions,” or times they consumed food or beverages, per day. Within each eating occasion, women have a set of needs or goals they are trying to meet. These situation-based needs, referred to as “need states,” vary by individual and are situation-specific. Therefore, it is helpful to tailor counseling to address the need states individual women experience most often.
InSNC contains tools that will help you determine the need states that are experienced most often by the woman you are counseling. Within each need state unit, educational materials will help you counsel women to meet their needs with healthier alternatives; increase intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and low fat dairy foods; and reduce fat and added sugar intakes. The goal of the InSNC curriculum is to improve women’s eating behaviors and energy balance over time to prevent weight gain.
See the complete InSNC curriculum (15 MB PDF) or click on a link below for the individual curriculum sections.
Introduction — Information on the background research, how to use this curriculum and tailor to participant needs, and an evaluation guide.
Unit 1: Basic Nutrition — Beginning lesson to help establish nutrition knowledge, which can be built upon in future lessons.
Unit 2: Healthy Express — Lessons to help eat healthy and quickly, with minimum preparation time.
Unit 3: Fast Fueling — Lessons to help women who need to grab something on the run and eat as quickly as possible.
Unit 4: Comforting Interludes — Lessons for those that use eating occasions as comforting personal moments alone.
Unit 5: Indulgent Escapes — Lessons for women that crave moments of enjoying something rich tasting as a treat or reward.
Unit 6: Nurturing Family Meals — Lessons to reinforce the need to provide a meal for one's family, while showing love for them by making meal time family time.
Unit 7: Sensible Meals — Lessons for those that are looking for a time to eat a healthy, "responsible" meal to control weight and feel good about one's self.
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