Why Nutrition Matters

Nutrition is critically important to the human body in terms of growth and development, overall health and wellness throughout life, and the function of organs and body systems. It also plays a role in disease management and supports overall quality of life. Malnutrition, or lack of proper nutrition, is associated with billions of dollars per year in medical expenses. ¹

Patient Access

All patients have the right to receive high quality care, and that includes nutrition support products as part of their care. At times, access to nutrition support products — such as medical foods — can be a significant challenge for patients. As a result, HNC raises awareness and works with key stakeholders to help overcome obstacles to patient access. We continue to work towards systematic changes that will foster innovation and utilize new science and discoveries, ultimately leading to higher quality healthcare, better patient outcomes, and improvements in overall patient health and nutrition.

Who We Are

HNC is an organization representing the manufacturers of nutrition support products, specifically enteral nutrition (EN) formulas, parenteral nutrition (PN) solutions, supplies and equipment. HNC member companies are committed to improving health by advancing policies that address and raise awareness of nutrition and its impact on patient outcomes and healthcare costs. This includes promoting nutritional screenings, diagnoses, assessments, and appropriate and timely clinical nutrition interventions while maintaining patients’ access to specialized nutrition support products and services throughout the continuum of care.

  1. Goates, Scott; Kristy Du, Carol Braunschweig, and Mary Beth Arensberg. Economic Burden of Disease-Associated malnutrition at the State Level. PLOS ONE. 2016; 11(9): 1-15.