5th – 12th October 2020

2020 marks the 3rd consecutive year of UK Malnutrition Awareness Week and we are delighted that the campaign has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2018.

BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force are hugely grateful for the warm welcome the campaign has been given by the nutrition community and those in other health, social and voluntary care settings, and we are excited to see this support grow.

2020 is obviously a rather different year. When we began UK Malnutrition Awareness Week we could not have foreseen the difficulties facing us all this year with the coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, malnutrition poses a threat. Many thousands of older people and people with serious conditions that raise their risk of malnutrition are without access to their usual support networks.

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

Please find below a guideline for how you or your organisation can lend your support to UK Malnutrition Awareness Week.

What are the goals of the week?

The goals of 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.

What is happening?

BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force are coordinating the campaign. This comprises a media and social media campaign, grassroots activity in health, social and voluntary care settings, and parliamentary activity. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more updates.

How can you support the week?

You can support UK Malnutrition Awareness Week by sharing information about it on your social media channels, sharing our educational materials or urging colleagues to screen where appropriate.

We are 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 Covid-19 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.

Ways you can support

If you want to support UKMAW there are lots of things you can do! Please consider:

  • Sharing information on social media or engaging with social posts from BAPEN and the MTF
    Download social media graphics
  • Completing our #MAWconversations selfie challenge
    Download selfie board and instructions
  • Declaring your support for UKMAW on your website, you may want to use this poster
  • Holding an event where you share UKMAW materials with your colleagues or members of the public – this could be in an office, a community centre or library, on a ward or in a hospital lobby, or in a GP practice or pharmacy (we understand this may be difficult at the moment!)
    Download posters

Please ensure that you focus activity around the week itself from 5th – 12th October.

Key things to remember

  • When using the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week logo please use one of the options available for download below.

    Logo Pack

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.

M&F Health is the secretariat for the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week campaign. Please contact M&F Health at ukmaw@mandfhealth.com if you have any queries about any of the above, or if you would like to discuss partnership opportunities.

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.

The UK Malnutrition Awareness Week team.

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