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Nutri One-on-One: Improving Patients’ Metabolic Profile with One-on-One Nutritional Coaching
Research Day
  • Jennifer King, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jeffrey E. Harris
  • David Kuo, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Farzaneh Daghigh, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia Campus
Start Date
7-5-2014 1:00 PM
Introduction: More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. Some of the leading causes of death are due to complications of chronic conditions related to metabolic disorders and obesity. One on one health coaching will assist people in adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors that prevent and control diseases through phases of effective goal setting, motivational interviewing, and collaboration with health care providers. Objectives: This study’s aim was to positively influence patients’ nutritional habits and lifestyle through a brief one on one coaching session. The effects of one on one nutritional education are analyzed through goal setting, motivational lessons, and follow-up to improve lifestyle. Methodology: Patients were interviewed to gain insight into their daily nutritional routines and patients’ anthropometric histories were obtained. Patients were then encouraged to set a primary health goal. A personalized nutritional lesson was administered to address the health goal and current nutritional behaviors. The patient and health coach then arrived at three simple and obtainable lifestyle modifications to reach the initial goal. Obstacles were addressed and a follow-up phone call was scheduled to obtain self-reported results and insure accountability and support. Results: The study included 57 adult patients (39 female, 18 male) with metabolic disorders and demonstrated an overwhelming success with nutritional fact recollection, progress on the readiness scale, goal achievement, and in office experience satisfaction. A majority of patients showed willingness and motivation to continue implementing a healthy lifestyle. Conclusion: Personalized one on one nutritional coaching tailored to patient’s goal proved to be successful. Tailored education on healthy living, nutrition, and motivational techniques continued to create positive behavior modification. The follow-up sessions provided reinforcement in sustaining success.
Citation Information
Jennifer King, Jeffrey E. Harris, David Kuo and Farzaneh Daghigh. "Nutri One-on-One: Improving Patients’ Metabolic Profile with One-on-One Nutritional Coaching" (2014)
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