By Senator Moyer


         WHEREAS,  National attention has focused on the unacceptably high incidence of malnutrition in the elderly; and

         WHEREAS, The United States Senate Committee on Education and Labor has reported that eighty-five percent of older Americans have chronic diseases that could be helped by nutritional interventions; and

         WHEREAS, Research has shown that poor nutrition leads to an impaired immune system, aggravated infections, organ and multi-organ system failure, prolonged hospitalizations, and catastrophic health care costs; and

         WHEREAS, Nutritional status is a basic "vital sign" because illness starts at the cellular level, and food nourishes the body at the cellular level; and

         WHEREAS, Routine nutritional screening and early intervention is essential in order to prevent the devastating results of poor nutrition, lower health care costs, and improve quality of life; and

         WHEREAS, Awareness and understanding of warning signs of poor nutritional health can help individuals take responsibility to reform their eating habits and lifestyles; and

         WHEREAS, Good nutrition helps keep people healthy, active, and independent; and

         WHEREAS, Health care providers need to educate the public regarding risk factors and warning signs of poor nutritional health, and help them take responsibility for improving their eating habits and lifestyles in order to promote health, prevent illness, and reduce health care costs; and

         WHEREAS, The 1988 Surgeon General's Workshop on Health Promotion and Aging and the 1990 Department of Health and Human Services Report "Healthy People 2000" called for a stepped up, coordinated national effort to promote routine nutrition screening and early intervention in America; and

         WHEREAS, The Nutrition Screening Initiative is a direct outgrowth of the government's call which is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach to promote routine nutrition screening, early intervention, and better nutritional care into health care practice; and

         WHEREAS, The Nutrition Screening Initiative is a project of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Dietetic Association, and the National Council on the Aging, Inc. and is supported by more than twenty-eight key organizations and professionals from the fields of nutrition, medicine, and aging along with a technical advisory committee that plays an important role in guiding the effort; and

         WHEREAS, The goals of the Nutrition Screening Initiative are to:  Promote and expand existing quality nutrition screening in the nation's health care system; move to incorporate the widespread use of nutrition screening in health and medical care settings; and expand educational outreach to medical and health care professionals, the public, and policy makers;

         NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate support the Nutrition Screening Initiative, its goals and objectives;

         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Secretary of the Senate immediately transmit a copy of this resolution to Kathleen A. Cope of the Nutrition Screening Initiative.


I, Marty Brown, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1994-8676,

adopted by the Senate February 11, 1994.





Secretary of the Senate