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Call for Action for Malnutrition Policy

      The Older Americans Act is anticipated to be reauthorized in the 116th Congress. The law provides critical services, including congregate and home-delivered nutrition services to older adults who might otherwise be at risk of malnutrition. The prevention of malnutrition, a growing concern particularly in older adult populations, would save taxpayer dollars and more importantly, improve health care quality. Identifying and treating malnutrition is more than increasing access to food or addressing food insecurity that warrants the attention of health care providers and our nation’s policymakers.
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      Biography

      J. Blankenship is vice president, policy initiatives and advocacy, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

      Biography

      Bob Blancato is national coordinator, Defeat Malnutrition Today, Washington, DC.