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WHEREAS, nutrition is a human right and Social Determinant of Health; and
WHEREAS, malnutrition is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has intensified disparities, inequities, and social isolation and is further compounded by food insecurity; and
WHEREAS, disease-related malnutrition is a highly prevalent form of malnutrition; and
WHEREAS, over 2 million hospital stays involve malnutrition per year, and twenty to thirty percent of adults are at risk or have malnutrition; and
WHEREAS, malnutrition leads to more complications, falls, and readmissions and plays a role in cognitive deterioration, decreased functional capacity, and affects quality of life; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes that screening, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention are key to improving malnutrition in the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 4-8, 2021, as MALNUTRITION AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.