HEATHER WAYCO, HMA, RDN, LDN: Malnutrition Protocol Programs at Lee Health in Florida

If you listened to ANHI's September 23 and September 24 podcast episodes, you know it’s Malnutrition Awareness Week in the United States, Canada and Britain. If you haven’t yet heard the other podcasts in this series, and you’re unfamiliar with the observance, here’s what you need to know: Malnutrition Awareness Week is a multi-organizational campaign that was created by the American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and presented in partnership with the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) and the British Association for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN). Its purpose is to:

  • Educate and encourage healthcare professionals to identify and treat malnutrition earlier
  • Educate and encourage consumers and patients to discuss their nutrition status with healthcare professionals
  • Increase awareness of nutrition’s role in patient recovery

This is the third in our five-episode series, and it focuses on how a team of clinicians worked together to change nutrition protocols and improve patient outcomes across Florida-based Lee Health. If you missed Monday’s and yesterday’s episodes, be sure to download and listen when you have the chance. And remember to come back again tomorrow for Episode 4.Fulfilling a recommendation of the Massachusetts Commission on Malnutrition Prevention Among Older Adults, the first-ever Malnutrition Awareness and Prevention Week was observed May 13 - 20, 2019 during Older American's Month. That week, more than 80 community nutrition programs throughout the Commonwealth held clinics to raise awareness about malnutrition and how to prevent it among older residents. In addition to addressing many misconceptions about malnutrition, the events featured health diet information, snacks and recipe demonstrations.