MEDIA RELEASE: Sen. Barbara Favola’s nutrition bill aimed at older adults to be signed by Governor on Wednesday in Herndon ceremony

MEDIA RELEASE

Sen. Barbara Favola’s nutrition bill aimed at older adults to be signed by Governor on Wednesday in Herndon ceremony

ARLINGTON - Senator Barbara Favola’s (D-Arlington) Senate Bill 1437 requires the Commonwealth Council on Aging to assist and advise the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services on strategies to improve nutritional health, alleviate hunger, and prevent malnutrition in older adults.  This bill will be signed by the Governor in a 1 p.m. ceremony at the  Herndon Senior Center, also known as Harbor House, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the last day of Older Americans Month.

“Food insecurity is something that no American should suffer from.  If we care about empowering older Virginians to live healthy lives, we must tackle the problem of food insecurity.  The generation that nurtured us, sent a man to the moon, gave us the Internet and defined America on the world stage is suffering from malnutrition and diseases associated with malnutrition,” said Favola.

Approximately 14% of older Virginians (age 62 and over) suffer from food insecurity.  Moreover, it is important to note that:

  • Food Insecure older Virginians are 53% more likely to report a heart attack; 52% more likely to develop asthma; 40% more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure.

  • Malnutrition causes an average prolonging of hospital stays by 4-6 days

  • 1 in 3 older Virginians admitted to hospitals is malnourished

Senator Favola  applauds Governor McAuliffe for signing the measure into law.

 

Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st Senate district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County.  Senator Favola currently serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.

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