Educational Webinars and On-Demand Videos Highlight Malnutrition Awareness Week September 24-28, 2018

SILVER SPRING, MD, July 25, 2018 - Building on the popularity and success of its annual Malnutrition Awareness Week, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) has expanded the educational opportunities and resources that will be available during this year’s event on September 24-28.

One in three patients is malnourished1. Malnutrition has a negative impact on patient outcomes—higher infection rates, longer hospital stays, and increased medical costs.

“During our 7th Annual Malnutrition Awareness Week, healthcare providers, caregivers, and consumers can access even more educational opportunities and resources than in prior years to better understand the critical role nutrition plays in patient care,” said Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN, senior director of clinical practice, quality and advocacy, ASPEN. “They can also gain a broader perspective on the life-altering impact of malnutrition through our new series of patient stories.”

On-Demand Videos 
Busy professionals in any time zone and in any country will benefit from ASPEN’s six new, on-demand short videos that educate on nutrition screening and assessment, appropriate nutrition intervention for malnourished patients, and malnutrition’s impact on metabolism and outcome in adult and pediatric critically ill patients. These videos will be posted on the Malnutrition Solution Center at 

The videos are in addition to the educational webinars that are a mainstay of Malnutrition Awareness Week.

Webinars with CE Credits 
This year, the high-quality webinars ASPEN offers will educate healthcare professionals and caregivers on nutrition screening methods for adults and children, the latest developments in diagnosing malnutrition in obese patients, and key malnutrition indicators in neonates. The webinars provide 1 hour of CE credit each. Find the webinar schedule at

For Consumers 
Malnutrition Awareness Week also has an added emphasis on providing the information and tools consumers need to advocate for themselves and their family members. They can join the “Community Nutrition Resources: What is Available for the Discharged Patient?” webinar, the “Virtual Lunch with the Experts: Legislation for Malnutrition Prevention,” and view the on-demand video on “How Do I Talk with My Healthcare Provider.” In addition, there are tools, patient stories, and resources for consumers in ASPEN’s Malnutrition Solution Center.

Join us for Malnutrition Awareness Week. For a complete schedule, to register for any of the events, and to view the on-demand videos, go to


About American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 6,500 members from around the world, ASPEN is a community of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research and education. For more information about ASPEN, please visit

About Malnutrition Awareness Week TM

ASPEN started Malnutrition Awareness Week in 2012 with two webinars and a podcast. Each year, we expand our content and reach. In 2014, ASPEN received a Certificate of Special Recognition from US Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland for Malnutrition Awareness Week. In 2015, this award winning program became a part of the National Health Observances Calendar

Today it is supported by more than 43 organizations who share our educational opportunities and messages with over 1 million healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers. 


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