Start with something simple:"Hi, this is Mandy, one of your Buddies from The 5th Food Group. I am calling you because I'm following the first suggestion. How are you doing today?" Talk about whatever you want or need to. Ask how your Buddy is doing with the topic of the month. Share how you are doing with the topic of the month. If you're having trouble with the topic of the month, ask for feedback. If your Buddy is having trouble, share your experience and strategies. The main purpose of the Buddy phone call is to help you establish a support network. For most of us, it is very difficult to reach out to another person we don't know; and like all things worthwhile, it takes practice to get good at it. You are asked to call AT LEAST one Buddy per day; but you are by no means limited to that. Call as many Buddies as you wish. The more the better! If you develop a habit of picking up the phone and calling someone, it is much more likely that you will be able to pick up the phone and ask for help in an emergency. When you support a Buddy, you are also helping yourself. So, if you are the Buddy in need of support, do not hesitate to call someone...you will actually be helping them too! It seems a little crazy, but it's TRUE. Try it and you'll see!