Holistic Nutritional Assessment


Perform a thorough nutritional assessment including anthropometric, biochemical, medications, clinical, dietary data, and medical-psychosocial history. Utilize at least two scholarly resources to support your interpretation of findings, outcomes, goals, and interventions.


  • Choose an individual to assess (does not have to be a patient, cannot be yourself, but can be a family member, friend, co-worker, etc.).
  • Utilize the Table (click on the file) to document nutritional assessment.
  • Perform nutritional history.
  • Perform physical assessment related to nutritional assessment. If available include any laboratory data relevant to the nutritional assessment.
  • Thoroughly document nutritional findings.
  • Interpret the assessment data and prepare 2 nutritional outcomes or goals.

Outcomes or goals should be measurable, attainable, specific, and patient-centered.

  • Include at least one intervention for each of your outcomes or goals.
  • Support your interpretation of the findings, outcomes or goals, and interventions with at least 2 scholarly resources.
  • APA 7th edition format required.
Assessment CriteriaAssessment Findings / DataInterpretation of Data for Nutritional Needs
Age and growth/development stage  
Anthropometric: Height, Weight, BMI, Recent weight changes  
Biochemical and Medications: (list any laboratory information available) No tests are required, but if available include. Include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  
Clinical: Physical signs and symptoms of malnutrition observed in the patient  
Dietary Data: Question present diet (see page 9 oftext).
How do an individual’s genes determine how the body handles specific nutrients?.
What role does aa person’s microbiota have an individual’s response to diet and food components?
What is its role in disease prevention and progression?
How does food intakeaffect a person’s microbiota?.
How do individuals’ genomes affect responses to diet and food? . How does diet duringcritical periods of development “program” long-term health and well-being?
For instance, how does undernutrition during fetal life increase the risk of diabetes in adulthood?.
How can obesity beprevented? Can obesity be cured?.
How does nutritioninfluence the initiation of disease and its progression? .
What are the nutritional needs of aging adults?.
What are thebiochemical and behavior bases for food choices?
How can we most effectively measure, monitor, and evaluate dietary change?.
How can we get peopleto change their eating behaviors?
Medical-PsychosocialHistory: (see below) 
24 hour diet recall  
Supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbal, or other)  
Patient’s concerns about food or nutrition  
Person preparing meals and food safety practices related to food preparation  
Alcohol consumption  
Economics related to food intake  
Psychological factors affecting nutrition  
Medical factors affecting nutrition  
Social factors related to nutrition (culture, religion, barriers, knowledge base)  
Nutritional Outcome or Goal#1 
Interventions for outcome or goal #1 
Nutritional Outcome or Goal#2 
Interventions for outcome or goal #2