Virtual Leader Training

September 29, 2020 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.



This FREE virtual leader training will introduce the STEPPING UP YOUR NUTRITION (SUYN) curriculum and outline key focal areas. 

The SUYN workshops focus on:

1.    How nutrition affects falls risk

2.    The importance of muscles for strength

3.    Key nutrients for older adults--particularly protein and fluid

4.    How to determine personal nutrition risk and handgrip strength scores

5.    How to create an action plan to improve nutritional health

At the conclusion of the virtual leader training, all participants will be certified to lead SUYN in their respective communities.

After completing the virtual SUYN leader training, participants will be able to:

1.    ​Educate and motivate community-dwelling older adults to prevent or lower their malnutrition risk

2.    Identify malnutrition risk and refer at-risk older adults to community-based resources

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Who Should Attend

The training is open to a variety of people and organizations across the aging services network:

  • Community health workers
  • Health educators and public health professionals
  • Registered dietitian nutritionists
  • Meals on Wheels providers
  • Trained evidence-based program leaders
  • Non-profit organization service providers
  • State and county government personnel
  • Faith-based organizations and networks
  • University students

The training will be lead by:

  • Trainer: Sue Lachenmayr: Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence
  • Panelist/Expert: Judy Simon: Administration for Community Living
  • Panelist/Moderator: Matthew Lee Smith, Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging

To learn more about SUYN, visit

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Stepping Up Your Nutrition is a 2.5-hour brief intervention intended to identify malnutrition risk among older adults and introduce strategies to enhance their nutrition. While the intervention was originally developed to address and prevent risk for falling, the practical knowledge and recommendations (i.e., primarily focusing on protein and fluid intake) make it generally beneficial to older adults. This interactive session can be led in a small-group or one-on-one format. It can be led as a stand-alone activity or as a ‘session zero’ for other evidence-based programs (e.g., fall prevention, chronic disease self-management). 

This FREE virtual training is sponsored by:

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