Malnutrition Awareness Week™ September 24-28, 2018

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Malnutrition Awareness Week is a multi-organizational, multi-pronged campaign which strives to:

  • Educate healthcare professionals to identify malnutrition and intervene earlier
  • Educate consumers/patients to discuss their nutrition status with their healthcare professionals 
  • Increase awareness of nutrition’s positive impact on patient outcomes

It’s a week filled with valuable educational webinars, support materials (in English & Spanish), and virtual chats with experts.

Please join us in highlighting the positive impact nutrition has on patient outcomes.

View a one-page overview of Malnutrition Awareness Week.

Media: Please contact Stephanie Lee, [email protected], 301-920-9124


Pharmaceutical/Healthcare companies: Demonstrate your company's commitment to increasing awareness of the consequences of malnutrition. Highlight your brand through awareness efforts and educational activities. 

For details, contact: Pat Anthony, MS, RD, FASPEN at [email protected], 301-920-9140
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Professional Medical Organizations and Medical Advocacy/Special Interest Groups: Help us spread the word about the consequences of malnutrition and encourage your members to actively participate in the discussion on the importance of nutrition in health. Contact us to take advantage of free educational resources.

For more information, contact: Valerie Bloom at [email protected], 301-920-9149 or Stephanie Lee at [email protected], 301-920-9124
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Schedule of Events

Monday, September 24, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET 

Diagnosing Malnutrition in the Obese Patient: A General Approach

This webinar will address the misunderstandings of how an obese patient can be malnourished despite not presenting as the stereotypical cachectic malnourished individual. It will also detail the process of assessment and diagnosing of malnutrition in this population. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how an obese patient can still be malnourished 
  2. Provide examples of challenges or obstacles in identifying malnutrition in obese patients
  3. Define how the nutrition assessment may be different for obese patients, including the assessment process
  4. List components of the NFPE which are more or less specific to the obese patient 

Faculty & Topics
Malnutrition and the Obese Patient in the Hospital Setting: The Hidden Issue
Anna Burrowes, RD, Master's Candidate, Registered Dietitian, Nutritional Services, Mather Hospital at Northwell Health, Medford, NY

Nutrition Focused Physical Exam of the Obese Patient: Putting it into Practice
Sara Perdue, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Nutrition & Food Services, Oklahome City VA Health Care System, Edmond, OK

Stephanie Cutrell, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC, Nutrition Support Dietitian, Pharmacy, Vidant Medical Center, Winterville, NC

CE Credit: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-080-L01-P


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET 

Indicators of Malnutrition in the Neonate and Preterm Infant

This webinar will address the criteria for defining infants as neonate and/or preterm. It will also detail the process of assessment and diagnosing of malnutrition in this population. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the criteria by which infants are classified as neonate and/or preterm
  2. Provide detailed discussion of each recommended indicator of malnutrition
  3. Outline the thresholds used to define mild, moderate, and severe malnutrition  

Faculty & Topics
Identification of Malnutrition in the Term Infant
Dena Goldberg, PhD, RD, Neonatal Nutrition Specialist, Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA

Putting the Neonatal/Preterm Infant Malnutrition Indicators into Practice
Susan Carlton, MMSc RD, CSP, LD, Neonatal Dietitian, University of Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, IA

Diane Barsky, MD, Gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

CE Credit: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-081-L04-P 


Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET 

Community Nutrition Resources: What is Available for the Discharged Patient?

This webinar will address the continuum of malnutrition from the hospital to the home and highlight available community nutrition resources to aid in combating community malnutrition. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how addressing malnutrition in the community setting can reduce hospital readmission rates
  2. List nutrition resources which are available for the malnourished patient after discharge from the hospital
  3. Highlight programs aimed to reduce or prevent malnutrition and improve outcomes 

Faculty & Topics
Meeting the Nutrition Needs of Seniors Transitioning Along the Clinical to Community Continuum of Care
Ucheoma O. Akobundu, PhD, RD, Senior Director, Nutrition Strategy and Impact; Director, National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging; Meals on Wheels America, Arlington, VA

ProMedica Food Clinic: Addressing Hunger as a Health Issue
Chole Plummer, MD, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian, ProMedica Food Clinic, ProMedica, Toledo, OH

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Doctoral Nursing Department, Nutrition Science Department, CNHP, Rydal, PA

CE Credit: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-082-L04-P


Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET  

Adult and Pediatric Nutrition Screening Systematic Review: Updates from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

This webinar will provide recent updates from the recent nutrition screening systematic review for the adult and pediatric populations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess and analyze validity and reliability evidence to determine the most appropriate screening tool to identify those at risk for malnutrition in pediatric populations
  2. Describe application of malnutrition screening tool(s) in different setting
  3. Highlight the difference between a nutrition screen for malnutrition and a nutrition assessment for malnutrition  

Faculty & Topics
Pediatric Nutrition Screening Tools Analysis: Evaluating the Evidence
Patricia Becker, MS, RDN, CSP, CNSC, Pediatric Nutrition Specialist, Dayton Children's Hospital Medical Center Dayton Ohio, Cincinnati, OH

Adult Nutrition Screening: Updates to Practice
Anne Coltman, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, Clinical Nutrition Coordinator, Clinical Nutrition, Loyola University Medical Center, New Lenox, IL

Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN, Nutrition Support Dietitian, Mt. Carmel West Hospital, Columbus, OH

CE Credit: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-083-L04-P


Friday, September 28, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET 

Lunch with the Experts: Legislation for Malnutrition Prevention

Non-CE opportunity 


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Spread the Word

Coming soon! 

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History of ASPEN's Malnutrition Awareness Week

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 the educational opportunities and messages with over 1 million healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers. Last year, ASPEN partnered with the National Council on Aging for a very active Twitter town hall and Kaiser Permanente's Center for Total Health showcased Malnutrition Awareness Week in their bus shelter display. 
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