84R10862 JGH-D
  By: Zerwas H.R. No. 1419
         WHEREAS, Malnutrition Awareness Week is taking place from
  September 28 to October 2, 2015; and
         WHEREAS, This observance was first established in 2012 by the
  American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; ASPEN has
  played a leading role in drawing attention to malnutrition,
  understanding that awareness is an important step toward treating
  the condition; and
         WHEREAS, ASPEN defines malnutrition as an "acute, subacute or
  chronic state of nutrition," and it can be the result of either
  inadequate or unbalanced nutrition; even overweight individuals
  can be malnourished if they are not receiving proper nutrients; and
         WHEREAS, Malnutrition can cause the loss of lean body mass,
  and that loss can affect recovery from surgery, illness, or
  disease; the condition is particularly prevalent in vulnerable
  groups such as older adults, hospital patients, and minority
  populations, and statistics show that these demographics have
  higher incidences of such severe chronic diseases as diabetes,
  kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease; and
         WHEREAS, Many health experts agree that the quality of
  nutrition has a direct impact on an individual's health and that
  good nutrition can reduce medical costs by helping to keep people
  healthy and out of institutionalized care; and
         WHEREAS, Two important tools in combatting malnutrition are
  nutritional screening and therapeutic nutrition, through which
  people at risk are administered food and fluids to support their
  metabolism; the benefits of these procedures are myriad, yet they
  are not routine practices across the spectrum of health care; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  considers access to nutritional screening and therapeutic
  nutrition essential to restoring lean body mass, improving clinical
  outcomes, reducing health care costs, and promoting good health;
         WHEREAS, By gaining a more thorough understanding of
  malnutrition, residents of the Lone Star State are able to better
  safeguard their health and to seek effective treatments, and all
  those involved in sharing information about this condition are
  indeed deserving of support; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 84th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize September 28 through October 2, 2015,
  as Malnutrition Awareness Week in Texas.