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Barriers to a Healthy Diet

Snow, Denise, JD, CNM, NP, RN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 5 - p 293
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000461
ONGOING COLUMNS: Nutrition for the Family

A thorough nutritional assessment by nurses can identify barriers to a healthy diet for women and their families. A substantial barrier to effective patient counseling is lack of consideration of patients' resources including constraints of access, time, and cost of healthier choices. Our nutrition expert, Denise Snow, covers the essential parts of this type of assessment and offers suggestions for making dietary changes based on available resources.

Denise Snow is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Stonybrook, in Stonybrook, NY, and a Healthcare Law Attorney in private practice. She can be reached at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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