Malnutrition Awareness Week™


Malnutrition Awareness Week 2021  

Malnutrition Awareness Week is an annual, multi-organizational campaign created by ASPEN in 2012 to:

  • Educate healthcare professionals about early detection and treatment of malnutrition
  • Educate consumers/patients on the importance of discussing their nutrition status with healthcare professionals 
  • Increase awareness of nutrition’s role on patient recovery

ASPEN Malnutrition  Awareness Week, with the help of ambassadors, corporate sponsors, and collaboration with liked-minded societies, have grown exponentially around the world, reaching more than 9.8 million healthcare professionals, policy makers, influencers, and the public. This year, ASPEN is once again partnering with the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition ( BAPEN) and the Canadian Nutrition Society ( CNS) to learn from each other and aid each other's efforts.

Just Published! Clinical Nutrition and Human Rights: An International Position Paper
The International Working Group for Patients’ Rights to Nutritional Care, of which ASPEN is a member, presented its position paper on nutritional care as a human right that is intrinsically linked to the right to food and the right to health. The paper discusses the importance of a human rights-based approach to clinical nutrition and to developing a moral, political, and legal focus for nutrition care. 

Download a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the position paper. English presentation; Spanish presentation

Proclamations for October 4-8, 2021, as Malnutrition Awareness Week

About ASPEN Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM

Malnutrition Awareness Week, started by ASPEN in 2012, is part of the National Health Observances Calendar. This award-winning program has been presented with numerous recognitions from U.S. senators, governors, and other leading groups. Last year, Congress passed Senate Resolution 716 designating October 5-9, 2020 as Malnutrition Awareness Week.

Today, ASPEN Malnutrition Awareness Week is supported by more than 110 organizations from around the world and reaches over 9.8 million healthcare professionals, government leaders, community agencies, patients, and caregivers. 

Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM is a mark of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).