Facilitators of Change Nutrition/Behavior Counseling


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*Introductions via Interviewing One Another

- Have clients find a partner.

  • Have them take turns interviewing the other person. Interview questions can include name, number of children, hobbies, where they’re from, where they work or have worked, etc.

- An interesting interview topic could be their given names.

Does the client like their name?

Why or why not?

Is it a family tradition?

Would you trade it for another name?

Will it/did it affect what you will name your children?

The facilitator should interview/be interviewed as well!

  • After 5 minutes, have them share with the class what they learned

about that person.
Note: If the class is large and sharing their findings with the class would take too long, divide clients into groups of four and have them take turns interviewing each other within the group. Omit the final step (above).
This activity could also serve as a useful opener for different topics. For example, in the interview, they could ask one another about their opinions on breastfeeding, how their pregnancy is going so far, what eating habits they’ve changed or kept the same during their pregnancy, how they feed their infant and why, what questions they have about feeding children, what successes/problems have they had in feeding their child, etc. Responses to these questions could be listed on a blackboard or flipchart and serve as the basis for initiating session discussion.

*Going Around the Room to Introduce Yourself

Have clients give first names and a bit of information about themselves. Information could be unrelated to the topic of the class (for example: baby’s due date, number of kids, what kind of day they’re having, favorite food, funniest thing their kid has said or done, etc.). Or, the topic could be related directly to the discussion session (best thing about breastfeeding, what kind of advice you would give to another mother about what to feed their child, how your eating has changed now that you’re pregnant, etc.). This strategy is useful when there is a small group or limited time.

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