NEW MALNUTRITION QUALITY MEASURE HELPS BETTER QUANTIFY NUTRITION CARE

Inclusion of a new Global Malnutrition Composite Score measure into a CMS hospital quality reporting program would provide valuable information to providers, patients/families, and federal stakeholders about nationwide performance on nutrition care practice standards. This American Society on Aging blog from Angel F Valladares of Avalere Health, provides an overview of the Composite Score measure.

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND GOOD NUTRITION IMPORTANT FOR VACCINE RESPONSE

This International Council on Active Aging blog describes how lifestyle factors such as exercise and improved diet positively affect the aging of the immune system and can be important to support vaccine effectiveness.

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IDEAS FOR FORTIFYING THE FEDERAL AGENDA FOR OLDER ADULT NUTRITION

A comprehensive federal agenda for older adult nutrition is needed to impact nutrition security and malnutrition risk for older adults. In this American Society on Aging blog, Meredith Ponder Whitmire from Defeat Malnutrition Today outlines the details.

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POSTOPERATIVE UTILIZATION OF ORAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS IN SURGICAL PATIENTS IN US HOSPITALS

In this ASPEN podcast, Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RD, interviews Paul Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, FASPEN, FCCM, on an article titled, “Postoperative Utilization of Oral Nutritional Supplements in Surgical Patients in US Hospitals,” published in the March 2021 issue of JPEN.

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PERSPECTIVES OF REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONISTS ON ADOPTION OF TELEHEALTH FOR NUTRITION CARE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Telehealth technology use has grown exponentially as the COVID-19 pandemic has strained medical resources and challenged hospitals to prevent further infection spread. This article in Healthcare reports the survey results of registered dietitian nutritionists’ (RDNs) views on trends in telehealth nutrition care before and during the pandemic. The RDNs were from hospitals participating in the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii).

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HOW NUTRITION SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Good nutrition is critical to support a healthy immune system. Watch this Abbott video to learn more about the seven essential nutrients known to support immune health.

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US HEALTHY PEOPLE 2030 INCLUDES GOALS FOR OLDER ADULTS

The recently released US Healthy People 2030 report sets data-driven national objectives to improve health/well-being over the next decade and has an increased focus on the social determinants of health. This International Council on Active Aging blog identifies the specific Healthy People 2030 objectives for older adults that target preventive care linked to physical inactivity as well as to malnutrition.

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GOOD NUTRITION MAY HELP SUPPORT COVID-19 VACCINE RESPONSE IN OLDER ADULTS

Nutrition is an important factor for vaccine effectiveness. This article, written by Mary Beth Arensberg, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, for the American Society on Aging blog, outlines how nutrition can impact immunosenescence and key reasons to continue to focus on older adult nutrition.

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NEW DIETARY GUIDELINES & OLDER ADULTS

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) highlight the importance of a healthy diet at every life stage, including for older adults. This American Society on Aging blog unpacks some of the DGA recommendations for those ages 60+ and discusses an opportunity for policy advocacy.

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IMPACT OF EARLY INCORPORATION OF NUTRITION INTERVENTIONS AS A COMPONENT OF CANCER THERAPY

This article, published in Nutrients, evaluated current trends in the literature and reported evidence around the timing and impact of specific nutrition interventions in oncology patients undergoing active cancer treatment.  

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