nutritionDay history


From an inspiring idea to a worldwide initiative

The idea of nutritionDay was born in the year 2004. The project was performed for the first time with the use of the network and expertise of ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) in a pilot study in 5 countries in 2005. After the official launch across European hospitals in 2006, nutritionDay was extended to the nursing home and the intensive care setting in 2007 with specific questionnaires. In 2012 nutritionDay oncology was introduced as the first disease specific nutritionDay. Up to now nutritionDay is performed across the globe in 63 countries involving about 169 055 patients in 1993 centers and 7.000 units.

The initial idea was to perform an annual survey to improve knowledge about the hotspots of malnutrition in hospitals, to increase awareness and to promote the implementation of proper nutritional care according to the goals specified in the Resolution of the Council of Europe. In January 2006 the project was conducted for the first time under leadership of Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Hiesmayr (Medical University of Vienna) with support from the Medical University of Vienna, the Austrian Society of Clinical Nutrition (AKE) and ESPEN. After the success of the first nDay in 2006 the nutritionDay Advisory board identified the need for specific questionnaires for intensive care units and long term facilities such as nursing homes. A subsequent audit took place in January 2007 when the project was extended to intensive care units and nursing homes. Since then, nutritionDay is performed in all 3 settings each year. In 2012 “oncology nutritionDay” was performed for the first time to better reflect the specific situation of cancer patients.

Resolution on food and nutritional care in hospitals
The formation of nutritionDay is based on the Resolution ResAP(2003)3 on food and nutritional care in hospitals which was adopted by the Council of Europe in November 2003.

ESPEN – European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
ESPEN has supported the project financially since 2007.