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, to better reflect the specific situation of cancer patients.

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 2003 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.