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Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is committed to staying engaged in, and sharing, the latest public policy news affecting older adults, caregivers and the professionals who care for them.

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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

Millions of Americans are afflicted with food insecurity and diet-related diseases—including heart
disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes—which are some of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Hunger and diet-related diseases have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations, including older adults and persons with disabilities.

On September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration will host a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Conference will bring together Americans across all sectors, public, private and nonprofit, to accelerate progress in fighting diet-related disease, reducing disparities, and galvanize our nation into action.

The Conference will promote focus actions on five pillars to end hunger an increase health eating:

  1. Improve food access and affordability
  2. Integrate nutrition and health
  3. Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices
  4. Support physical activity for all
  5. Enhance nutrition and food security research

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health will take place on Wednesday,
September 28, 2022. Alongside in-person events, the Conference is expected to feature a robust digital experience, including livestreaming. Register today to watch the Conference in real time!

Malnutrition Awareness Week

A bipartisan resolution to recognize Malnutrition Awareness week will be introduced in the House this week by Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and John Katko (R-NY). The goal of Malnutrition Awareness Week™ (September 18-23, 2022) is to educate healthcare professionals on early detection, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition and educate consumers to discuss their nutrition status with healthcare providers. It was launched in 2012 by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Useful resources and webinars covering topics from community nutrition to hospital-based malnutrition can be found here

Funding Update

Congress has returned to work and is now less than a month away from October 1, the start of the new fiscal year. It is expected that the fiscal year will begin with Congress passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) which means federally-funded programs will remain at FY 2022 funding levels for the first part of the year—including Older Americans Act programs. There will be more details on the length of the first CR once legislation is introduced.

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