UK Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020

5th-12th October

2020 will be the third year of UK Malnutrition Awareness Week (#UKMAW2020), and what a year it’s been so far.

UKMAW was co-founded in 2018, by Malnutrition Task Force (MTF) and BAPEN with the aim to raise awareness and understanding of the risks of malnutrition across different sectors and settings, in local communities and with the general public and health and social care professionals. We are delighted that the campaign has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch in 2018.

In these uncertain times with the COVID19 pandemic, older people have not been able to get out so often, some are feeling less fit and able and some are worried about winter, the approaching flu season and what will happen with the coronavirus. This means that raising the awareness of preventable malnutrition in older people has become even more important.

The #UKMAW2020 week provides tips and ideas of how to identify malnutrition, how to help prevent it, and what to do if people that you are worried about experience unplanned weight loss.

#UKMAW2020 is calling on everyone to:

  • screen themselves, their loved ones and those they look after,
  • recognise and understand the risks of undernutrition and dehydration in later life,
  • know what do to prevent malnutrition,
  • know what to do if there are concerns about someone who has experienced unplanned weight loss. 

Whether you are planning to support us for the first time or planning to renew your support this year – we thank you! Your contribution means a lot as it helps us raise awareness to more and more people.

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    UK Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020 is for everybody – join us in raising awareness of malnutrition amongst older people!

    There are numerous ways to get involved: 

    You can download our Supporter Pack, which provides an overview of how to get involved and where to find resources.
    Download our free self-screening resource pack and guide 

    We developed this resource pack to help individuals and organisations identify whether someone is at risk of undernutrition and promote self-screening of older people in the community. Use the self-screening tools throughout the week to support others with their health and well-being. 

    Use our range of #UKMAW2020 materials

    Developed by BAPEN and the MTF, the #UKMAW2020 materials can be downloaded and freely shared amongst your friends, family and colleagues:

    Join the #UKMAW2020 conversation
    • Throughout the week, the MTF and BAPEN will be leading a social media campaign on Twitter and Instagram. Download our social media pack full of example tweets and infographics. (This will be available at the end of September)

    • Tell us why you think there should be 'more conversations' about malnutrition and how it affects older people

    • Download a 'selfie' card. Take a picture of yourself posing with this and post it on your social media remembering to tag us and use the hashtags #MAWconversations and #UKMAW2020

    • Remember to follow us on twitter @MalnutritionTF and Instagram @UKMalnutritionAwarenessWeek
    Learn more about malnutrition

    Explore our website and learn more about malnutrition:

    Running an event?

    We will be collating information about local and regional activities so that we can analyse the impact of UKMAW. Please tell us about your local activities here. Sadly, we have had to postpone the ‘win a t-shirt’ competition due to COVID19 clothing restrictions, but you will be entered into a prize draw for 2021 goodies!

    BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force request that any organisation running a local activity and referring to UKMAW ensures it is designed to support the ethos of the week. If you are unsure whether your planned activities will help the week, please get in touch

    Please ensure that you focus your activity around the week itself between the 5th and 12th October 2020.


    Goals of the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020 are to:
    • raise awareness of malnutrition (and dehydration) among the public and encourage the use of self-screening tools,
    • help health and social care professionals understand their role in preventing and managing malnutrition and understand the importance of routinely screening for malnutrition,
    • help people working in the voluntary sector understand what they can do to help identify people who may be at risk of malnutrition,
    • demonstrate what good nutritional care looks like and help organisations and individuals achieve it,
    • increase investment in treatment and prevention of malnutrition and engage key stakeholders and policy makers,
    • make sure the wider public sector, local and national government, commercial organisations, third sector and voluntary sector organisations understand what they can do to tackle malnutrition.

    For more information please see our Mission Statement

    Key things to remember...

    The UK Malnutrition Awareness Week logo is available for you to use on your #UKMAW2020 materials.

    UKMAW2020 log - JPG file format

    Three file formats are available - JPG, PNG and PDF. Simply email to request your preferred version.

    Please DO NOT add your logo into the UKMAW logo design. Please do not recreate the UKMAW logo in any way or change its colours or appearance. If you would like to print materials professionally using the UKMAW logo, please contact the secretariat (details below) for a print-ready version.

    • If you are developing any materials that mention UK Malnutrition Awareness Week, please ensure that it is clear in the copy as well as in the logo that UKMAW is run by BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force.
    • Please ensure that if you are running any activities during or around UK Malnutrition Awareness Week you are clear in any materials that you distribute, signage etc that you are supporting UKMAW as run by BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force.
    • Please ensure that where possible you signpost people to the BAPEN and Malnutrition Task Force campaign pages.
    We hope you are all keeping well in these tough times. Our continued respect and thanks to all of our colleagues doing difficult jobs in the health, social and voluntary care sectors.
    Stay safe... from the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week team.
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    M&F Health is the secretariat for the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week campaign. Please contact M&F Health at if you have any queries about any of the above, or if you would like to discuss partnership opportunities.

    Write to your MP - Parliamentary Event 

    For the first time ever, UKMAW will be hosting a Parliamentary drop-in session, which will take place on Wednesday 7th October 2020. We hope that hosting such an event will help to raise awareness of the significant challenges around malnutrition with MPs and Peers and highlight some of the specific challenges presented by COVID-19. 

    You can help raise awareness of the Parliamentary Event by writing to your MP - to assist, you can use one of the following draft texts:

    If you would like us to email you more information of how you can get involved in the week, then Join Us by completing the form below:

    For example: Caring for a relative or friend, Care Home, Hospital, Domiciliary Care, etc.
    I would like to be contacted by (tick all that apply):