Malnutrition Awareness Week™


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Make an Impact During Malnutrition Awareness Week 2024
September 16–20, 2024

Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM is ASPEN’s annual campaign to educate healthcare professionals and consumers on the detection, intervention, and treatment of malnutrition. Here are some ways you can join in and make an impact in your community.

  • ASK your organization to become an MAW ambassador. Be a leader in educating your colleagues, patients, and community on the dangers of malnutrition using ASPEN’s promotional and educational resources. Email [email protected] to learn more.
  • EDUCATE your governor on the important issue of malnutrition. Submit a request for a proclamation declaring September 16–20, 2024, as Malnutrition Awareness Week. Instructions to make requests will be coming in spring.
  • WRITE and submit an op-ed to your local newspaper. Educate readers on malnutrition or the importance of optimal nutrition. Here are tips for reaching out to local media.
  • PARTICIPATE in MAW webinars. They’re free to ASPEN members and MAW ambassadors, and many offer CE credits! MAW24 webinar schedule will be coming this summer.
  • SUPPORT ASPEN’s advocacy efforts. Ask legislators to support the Medical Nutrition Equity Act (H.R.6892), Medical Nutrition Therapy Act (H.R.6407, S.3297), and other nutrition-related bills. Go to ASPEN’s Take Action page to send a prepared but customizable email to your legislator now. It takes only a minute or two.

About Malnutrition Awareness Week

Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM 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 like-minded societies, has grown exponentially around the world, reaching more than 230.5 million healthcare professionals, government leaders, community agencies, patients, and caregivers.

Malnutrition Awareness Week 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.