Summary A nutritionist and a social worker co-led weight reduction groups for women for a 1-year period in order to assess the value of having nutrition education and counselinq techniques taught in tandem. Good nutrition taught with in a flexible diet plan was enhanced by the implementation of a behavior modification approach. Meal preparation and grocery store shopping were integral parts of the program since many group members had never been exposed to attractive and varied food preparation or wise food purchasing techniques. Daily exercise was contantly stressed as one of the important ways to lose excess weight and stay healthy. The groups were successful in that most women lost weight by changing meal patterns and were able to control their weight after the groups ended by continuing to reinforce themselves with nonfood rewards.