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Malnutrition Prevention Commission Final Report, March 2018

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Executive Summary

Malnutrition is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among older adults. Due to an array of causes and contributors, older adults, across all population groups, are at an increased risk for developing malnutrition. Older adults experiencing food insecurity suffer from higher rates of chronic disease, including diabetes, heart disease and depression. They also endure a lower quality of life, with limitations on activities of daily living comparable to food-secure seniors who are 14 years older.3 Conversely, good nutrition has been shown to help support a healthy and active lifestyle, reduce frailty and disability, improve health outcomes, and reduce health disparities and health care costs.

The 131st Ohio General Assembly passed Amended Substitute House Bill 580, and Governor John R. Kasich signed it into law on December 19, 2016, establishing the Malnutrition Prevention Commission. Am. Sub. HB 580, originally proposed by Senator Gayle Manning through separate legislation, tasked the Commission with developing recommendations to reduce the incidence of malnutrition among older Ohioans based on the Commission’s collection of information and study of malnutrition in the elderly (i.e., 60 years of age and older).

The Commission studied malnutrition as it relates to healthcare costs and data, education and awareness, and prevention. The Commission’s findings and recommendations included in this report are hereby submitted to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 101.68.

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