Nurses who provide nutrition counseling should be familiar with the People 2020 and Dietary Guidelines 2010 nutrition objectives, the most recent diet recommendations to reduce the risk of developing nutrition-related diseases, FDA food labeling regulations, government nutrition assistance programs for the economically disadvantaged and older Americans, and primary and secondary prevention strategies for the most common nutrition-related chronic diseases.

What tips would you give to people who want to eat healthy but are on a tight budget? How would you respond to patients who are unable to obtain food due to financial constraints?