Thursday, July 12, 2007
This presentation is part of : Health Promotion Issues
Measuring commitment and stage of change for dietary behavior health promotion
Cynthia Kelly, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Learning Objective #1: identify 2 primary indicators of commitment to change dietary behaviors.
Learning Objective #2: measure commitment and stage of change for dietary health.

Research and theoretical work indicate that for dietary behavior change to occur for more than 6 months, two cognitive precursors are necessary. They are “readiness” or intent to change and high level of commitment to healthy eating. This presentation will provide a brief explanation and demonstration of the Stages of Change for Dietary Health Scale and the Commitment to Dietary Health Scale. Both scales can be used to guide nurses working to promote dietary health for their clients, as well as monitoring treatment effectiveness.