Introductions: Introduce yourself. Give everyone the opportunity to know a little about each other, and to practice speaking to the group. Begin by having each person introduce themselves. They can give their names, their children’s names and ages, or other information you think of.
Icebreaker Exercise – optional, see earlier section of “Facilitating WIC Discussion Groups.”
Ask general, non-specific, open-ended questions to open up the discussion and to elicit clients’ concerns, as well as strategies for addressing their concerns during the discussion:
“Has anyone heard about the Food Pyramid?”
“How do you try to work variety into your diet?”
“How do the portion sizes you receive in restaurants compare with those you usually eat at home?”
“What are the barriers you see to eating a wider variety of foods?”
“What role does variety play in the diet?”
“If you could have more time or money to spend on your diet, what would you choose and why?”
“What can you do when you eat away from home to try to follow the Food Pyramid?”
“What creative ways have you used to work more fruits and vegetables into your children’s’ diets?