Healthy Food Habits Discussion Groups

Getting healthy food can be a difficult issue for some disabled people, but few disabled people have been asked to talk about this. Breaking the silence is often the first step toward a solution, so invite people to gather occasionally to talk about healthy food habits.

People in general learn new habits from friends, peers, and mentors that they already know and admire. Food habits are difficult to change for many reasons, so having support from friends and peers really helps.

Bring healthy snacks as part of the discussion. Brainstorm with the group about what they’d like for their healthy snacks.

Someone holds out half of a chiogga beet, pink and white circles radiating out from its center; a stack of carrots serve as the background
Discuss new recipes or fun produce like this chiogga beet | Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Here are some questions for discussion:

  • What do you usually eat for meals and snacks? How do you choose or decide what you eat and why?
  • What do you think of as “healthy food”? Where do you get your ideas about “healthy”? Do you read or learn about food on the web or from media, such as magazines or social media?
  • Do you need assistance for preparing or eating meals? If so, how is that going for you? What’s difficult, and what works?
  • What’s one reasonable goal you would be willing to make to improve your food choices? What would help you meet that goal? What might get in the way?
  • What’s one thing you would suggest to your friends to improve their healthy eating?
  • What difference would eating better make in your life or your health?
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