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Canadian Malnutrition Awareness Week™ Webinars

Reconnaître et Combattre la Malnutrition dans Votre Pratique ("Recognizing and Tackling Malnutrition in Your Practice")  

Date and Time: Monday, October 4, 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 ET. This webinar is presented in French Ce webinaire est donné en français.

Manon Laporte, RD, MSc, CNSC - Réseau de santé Vitalité Health Network, NB

This webinar will review the latest evidence on the impact of hospital-based malnutrition and effective methods to detect, prevent and treat this debilitating condition in hospital and post discharge. It will include cutting-edge research that has been conducted by the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force over the last decade. Evidence-based protocols, pathways and tools aimed at tackling malnutrition that can be used by medical teams will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives: 
By the end of the webinar, participants will learn about the:

  1. Key evidence on the impact of hospital malnutrition
  2. Evidence based approaches that can be adopted in the hospital and community to minimize malnutrition risk
  3. Tools and resources aimed at detecting, treating and preventing malnutrition that can easily be integrated into your practice

Moderator: Guylaine Ferland, PhD - Université de Montreal

This webinar is presented in French / Ce webinaire est donné en français. Speaker bio available here.


Malnutrition Prevention, Detection and Treatment Standard 2021: Practical Strategies for Adoption

Date and Time: Monday, October 4, 2021, 14:00 - 15:00 ET

Roseann Nasser, MSc, RD, FDC, CNSC 
David McCutcheon, MD, MBA, CHE, FRCPI, MICGP 
Nada Elnabelsya, BSW


Hospital Malnutrition is a serious and widespread health concern that continues to exist in Canada. Up to 1 in 2 adult patients and 1 in 3 pediatric patients are malnourished on admission to hospital. A national hospital standard is vital to the improvement of current practices and can be the building block for public policies around malnutrition. The Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, a standing committee of the Canadian Nutrition Society, and the Health Standards Organization (HSO) have developed Canada’s First National Malnutrition Prevention, Detection and Treatment Standard. In this session, presenters from CMTF led initiatives and HSO will review the rigorous, multidisciplinary process undertaken to develop the standard, present key recommendations for nutrition practices, and will share practical strategies to adopt the standard. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the key components and measures of the Malnutrition Standard 
  2. Identify areas to prevent, detect and treat malnutrition in hospitalized adults and children
  3. Implement practical strategies for a  multidisciplinary approach to manage malnutrition throughout the patient’s hospital stay and on discharge.

Moderator: Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCPC - University of Alberta

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


Malnutrition Champions as Agents of Change

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 - 13:15 ET

Heather Keller, RD, PhD -Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, University of Waterloo
Stephanie Cox, BSc. RD Alberta Health Services Central Zone Rural Lead and Clinical Dietitian, Rocky Mountain House Health Centre
Sonya Boudreau, Msc, PDt, Clinical Dietitian, Nova Scotia Health Halifax
Katie Genge, BASc RD, Geriatric and Oncology Rehabilitation, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences, ON


Dietitians, clinical nutrition managers and other leaders have been championing malnutrition care in Canadian hospitals. Using the example of More-2-Eat and other initiatives, this session will review success indicators for implementing improved malnutrition care practices and draw on the lived experience of dietitians who have improved care in their hospitals and regions. 

Learning objectives:

By the end of this webinar the audience will be able to:

  1. Describe success indicators for improving malnutrition care in Canadian hospitals
  2. Reflect on the experiences of dietitians from across Canada on how to improve malnutrition care practices
  3. Relate the examples provided to their own experience

Moderator: Heather Keller, RD, PhD -Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, University of Waterloo

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


Championing Nutrition and Functional Rehabilitation after COVID-19

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12:00 - 13:15 ET

Lesley Moisey, RD, MSc, PhD - Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Saskatchewan
Julie Reid, PT, PhD – Postdoctoral fellow, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
Geneviève Dubé Dt.P, Dietician/Nutritionnist, Diabetic Center of CISSS, Quebec *Geneviève will not be presenting but her personal experiences as a COVID-10 long hauler will be shared*

Individuals with COVID-19 fall across a wide spectrum of care, ranging from critical illness to asymptomatic infection. As we approach the end of the second year of the pandemic, it has become apparent that many COVID-19 survivors, regardless of the severity of their illness, are experiencing long-term effects that impact their nutritional status and functional recovery. Using a case-based approach, this webinar will highlight the nutritional and functional recovery challenges faced by COVID-19 survivors and the important interplay between the two. We will also discuss pragmatic approaches to addressing these challenges.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the similarities and differences in care needs for COVID-19 survivors across the continuum of care.
  2. Describe nutrition and functional rehabilitation practices in COVID-19 survivors.
  3. Summarize nutrition and physical rehabilitation practice recommendations for COVID-19 survivors
  4. Recognize the importance of the provision of multidisciplinary care, with a specific focus on the interplay between care provided by dietitians and physical therapists, in improving outcomes in COVID-19 survivors.

Moderator: Rupinder Dhaliwal, RD, FDC - Canadian Nutrition Society, Program Manager - CMTF

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


International Webinar “Global Perspectives: Nutrition Care as a Human Right” 

Date and Time: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 12:00 - 13:15 ET

Diana Cárdenas MD, PhD - Professor, Faculty of medicine, Universidad El Bosque, Colombia: "Why is Nutrition Care a Human Right?"
Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCPC - Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta: "Using a Malnutrition Standard to Support and Promote Best Nutrition Care"
Jay M. Mirtallo, MS, RPh, BCNSP, FASHP, FASPEN - Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University: "Policy to Enhance Nutrition Access: The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act Expansion. What is the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act?"
Dr. Trevor Smith - President of the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: "Patient Engagement session"


Despite ongoing efforts by several nutrition societies and researchers around the world, the impact of hospital related malnutrition remains a significant healthcare concern. While there are multiple contributing factors that vary in each setting, there is a common desire across nations to influence public policy to improve nutrition care for hospitalized patients. A recent, large international effort has led to the recognition of the right to nutritional care being a fundamental human right that is closely linked to the right to health and food (reference Position paper ASPEN, ESPEN 2021). Nutritional care rights include being screening for malnutrition, diagnosis and assessment and food and evidence based nutrition therapy.  In this session, experts from CNS and ASPEN will introduce a new Malnutrition Standard for Hospitals and the Medical Nutrition therapy Act and as examples of cutting-edge initiatives upon which public policy for improved nutrition care and dietitian access can be built. Strategies on how to engage patients to advocate for nutrition and lessons from current national efforts on gathering patient perspectives, will also be shared by BAPEN leaders.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the webinar, attendees will:

  1. Be able to state why nutrition care is a human right.
  2. Learn about the recommendations from the new Malnutrition Standard for acute care hospitals.
  3. Become familiar with the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act and its potential impact on improving patient access to dietitians.
  4. Gain an understanding of how patient engagement can be utilized to advocate for better nutrition 

Moderator: Diana Cárdenas MD, PhD, Professor, Faculty of medicine, Universidad El Bosque, Colombia

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This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here. It is being hosted in partnership with: 


The Malnourished Child: Identification and Management in a Multidisciplinary Setting

Date and Time: Friday, October 8, 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 ET

Nikhil Pai, MD, CNSC, FAAP, FRCPC - Associate Professor (Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University), Staff Physician (Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, McMaster Children’s Hospital)
Jillian Owens, MHM, RD - Registered Dietitian Pediatric Surgery, McMaster Children’s Hospital)

In the field of pediatrics, the role of a champion of malnutrition care is shared by many disciplines. In this dynamic session, the presenters will discuss the unique aspects of multidisciplinary care in the management of malnourished children. Through a series of practical cases, they will highlight the many faces of pediatric malnutrition, and share their experiences on how to collectively support the nutritional rehabilitation of this vulnerable population.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Follow a standardized approach to the identification of malnutrition in pediatrics
  2. Reflect on the key principles of nutrition management in the malnourished child
  3. Discuss opportunities and challenges of multidisciplinary care in pediatric malnutrition 

Moderator: Kim BrunetWood, MSc, RD - Co-Chair, CMTF Pediatric Working Group 

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


Malnutrition Awareness Week™ is a mark of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Used with permission from ASPEN. 

To view ASPEN Malnutrition Awareness Week webinars - CLICK HERE 

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