On February 13, Massachusetts held its kick-off meeting for their Malnutrition Prevention Commission.
The Commission will study the impact of malnutrition on Massachusetts seniors across care settings
and investigate effective strategies for reducing malnutrition. The Massachusetts Malnutrition
Commission was formed following the passage and signing into law of S.2147.
“There was a lot of enthusiasm and commitment at our first meeting,” said Shirley Chao, PhD RD LDN
FAND, Director of Nutrition, Executive Office of Elder Affairs. “Collectively, as a commission, we will be on
the cutting-edge of policy and will study the effects of malnutrition on older adults, ways to reduce
malnutrition, and look closely at the impact on health care quality indicators, costs and outcomes.”
Alice Bonner, Massachusetts’ Secretary of Executive Office of Elder Affairs, welcomed the members
of the Commission and discussed the timely need for awareness and action around malnutrition in
the Commonwealth. Several presentations took place throughout the day, which touched on
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