A manual for counselors in a university peer nutrition counseling program

The purpose of this project was to provide a manual which will more accurately and specifically define the duties of a Peer Nutrition Counseling Program participant, develop standards for peer counseling, establish a means of evaluation, and act as a manual for the students and advisors of the Peer Nutrition Counseling Program at California State University, Northridge. The method employed in this project was to complete a literature search on nutrition counseling specifically relating to weight regulation, vegetarianism, nutrition during pregnancy, and general eating habits. Once a manual was compiled, various professionals and nutrition students were asked to evaluate the manual on the need, thoroughness, current information, readability, organization, sources, and explanation of duties. In all of these categories the manual was rated from excellent to very good.