CLINICAL TRIALS & NUTRITION RESEARCH TO ADDRESS HEALTH DISPARITIES

This article for The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) identifies how diet is a major contributing factor in many chronic diseases and conditions, including those disproportionately affecting minority populations. The National Institutes of Health’s new strategic plan to accelerate nutrition research creates an opportunity to advocate for adequate minority enrollment in NIH clinical trials targeting nutrition.

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WOUND HEALING AWARENESS MONTH: A TIME FOR INCREASED UNDERSTANDING AND NUTRITION ACTION

Chronic wounds can impact hospital readmissions and many CMS value-based programs and quality measures are related to wound care. This International Council on Active Aging blog identifies who is most at risk for chronic, nonhealing wounds and outlines the critical role of targeted nutrition care. 

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN HEALTHY AGING

This video, by the Alliance for Aging Research, describes how nutrition impacts aging; discusses the benefits of eating a well-balanced diet and the challenges of poor nutrition; details the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its specific recommendations for older adults; and provides community resources for older adults to access healthy foods. Available in English and Spanish.

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ADVANCING POLICIES FOR QUALITY MALNUTRITION CARE IN OLDER ADULTS: A TOOLKIT FOR STATE LEGISLATORS

This toolkit, by Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition and Women In Government, highlights specific policy actions to develop the framework for successfully preventing and intervening for malnutrition among older adults. Use this toolkit to raise constituent awareness about malnutrition and develop policies and implement feasible solutions to combat this public health crisis affecting so many older adults and their families in America today. 

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ADVANCING POLICIES FOR QUALITY MALNUTRITION CARE IN OLDER ADULTS: A TOOLKIT FOR CONSTITUENTS AND DRIVING CHANGE

This toolkit, by Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition and Women In Government, provides information on the malnutrition issue and how to communicate to state policymakers about its impact on the older adult population. Included are resources addressing how malnutrition is a growing but preventable problem in America today; what policy changes can help decrease malnutrition; how multiple states are taking action to end malnutrition; and how constituents can help influence state policymakers to do the same. 

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WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT THE GUT MICROBIOME AND 2′ ‐FL?

This article from Dr Akshay Batra, MBBS, MD, MRCPCH, highlights the impact of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) on the microbiome and their synergistic relationship; explains the diversity of probiotics in the infant microbiome; and discusses the current research regarding reduction in infant mortality and morbidities.

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ELIMINATING PEDIATRIC MALNUTRITION: A CALL FOR UNIVERSAL SCREENING

Childhood malnutrition remains far too common around the world – nearly 150 million children under 5 are stunted and 50 million are wasted. Currently there’s no universal malnutrition screening tool used, and occasional growth screenings may not catch nutrient deficiencies until a child is already malnourished. 

In this article, clinicians and experts at Abbott have proposed a stepwise strategy to help end childhood malnutrition. 

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NUTRITION PROGRAMS FUEL THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OLDER AMERICANS

The blog Nutrition Programs Fuel the Health and Well-being of Older Americans, for the American Society on Aging, describes the importance of food access and how the COVID-19 pandemic increased the burden of food insecurity among older adults, as well as further-exacerbated inequities that existed before COVID-19. 

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FAST COMPANY RECOGNIZES THE MID-UPPER ARM CIRCUMFERENCE (MUAC) Z-SCORE TAPE AS A WORLD-CHANGING IDEA

Fast Company has recognized the MUAC z-score tape—a simple, inexpensive, paper-based device that helps identify the risk of malnutrition in children—as one of the World Changing Ideas in Wellness and Developing Nation Technologies for 2021. This recognition indicates that the world’s best ideas produce solutions that address global challenges and provide access to the people who need them.  

ANHI has a host of educational resources to help healthcare professionals learn more about the tool, why it's important, and how to use it. 

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MALNUTRITION QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE (MQII) UPDATED RESOURCES

The MQii has redesigned its toolkit and website for easy use and stronger alignment with the nutrition care process. The new toolkit and website provide implementation-ready resources to help establish quality improvement projects, design data collection tools, and document malnutrition-related evidence.  

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