I am always looking for creative ways to encourage my patients to eat healthier and lose weight. I used to have them write down what they ate and bring it to their next appointment, but this was not always successful.

I now ask them to bring in their grocery receipt. This allows me to make suggestions on how to shop differently. We talk about affordable replacements for unhealthy food choices, and I praise them for the wise choices they did make. — Trish Gagnon, PA-C, Augusta, Maine

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