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, an
  organization that has played a leading role in drawing attention
  to malnutrition, understanding that awareness is an important
  step toward treating the condition; and
         WHEREAS, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral
  Nutrition 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; and
         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 Senate of the State of Texas, 84th
  Legislature, hereby recognize September 28 through October 2,
  2015, as Malnutrition Awareness Week in Texas.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on March 30, 2015.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate