UK Malnutrition Awareness Week was founded by the Malnutrition Task Force and BAPEN in 2018 to raise awareness of undernutrition and dehydration in the UK. The annual campaign seeks to increase understanding of this important issue amongst health and social care workers, community groups and the public, and mobilise people to take action to identify and prevent malnutrition.
UK Malnutrition Awareness Week 2019 will take place from 14th – 20th October.
Throughout MAW 2019, we are calling on everyone to screen themselves, their loved ones and those they look after to encourage people to recognise and understand the risks of undernutrition and dehydration in later life and find out what they can do to prevent it.
Screening tools specifically developed for use in the community to detect a person’s risk of undernutrition will be available from the Malnutrition Task Force for use throughout the week. BAPEN will also be running their Nutritional Care Tool Data Collection Week during MAW, to increase the use of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) in healthcare settings.
Who can get involved?
Anyone! Whether you work in a hospital, primary care centre, care home, other community setting or elsewhere, you can get involved!
Getting involved is easy and fun!
Why not run your own Malnutrition Awareness Week event to raise awareness of undernutrition, to encourage people to screen themselves and take action. We will provide you with resources to help plan your event.
There will be plenty of other ways to get involved. Keep an eye out here and follow #MAW2019 on social media for more ideas!
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