nutritionDay – 15th DGE Nutrition Report – a Germany Action 2022

A national nDay campaign 2022 to record the nutrition situation in German hospitals and nursing homes.

In 2022, German hospitals and nursing homes will take part to the new nDay campaign launched by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg, the German Clinical Nutrition Society (DGEM), and the German Nutrition Society (DGE) to support a nationwide participation in the nutritionDay audit (nDay). The campaign provides current data on the prevalence of malnutrition as well as existing care structures in hospitals and nursing homes in Germany.
In 2018, the same campaign was run and the results of last campaign were published in 2019 as a pre-publication of the “14th DGE Nutrition Report” (14-DGE-EB-Vorveroeffentlichung-Kapitel2.pdf).

This year the campaign will be repeated with a new focus. The focus will be on the quality of nutrition care. The new results will be in the future included as part of the– 15th DGE Nutrition Report which will be published in 2023.

The DGE Nutrition Report provides an important basis for answering current questions on nutritional behaviors and nutritional care of the population and reviews the implementation of nutritional recommendations. The Nutrition Report is published every four years with current research results that serve to document the nutritional situation in Germany. Source:

Below is a summary of the key findings from hospitals and nursing homes that participated in the Germany action in 2018:

From these results can be concluded,
- that malnutrition is also a widespread problem among German patients and nursing home residents.
- that measures to improve nutrition care in hospitals and nursing homes are urgently needed to prevent the development of malnutrition and to adequately treat existing nutrition problems.

nutritionDay as a benchmarking program
By participating in nutritionDay, the wards and living areas receive a comprehensive results report with important nutrition-related information. This report enables an anonymous comparison of their own data with all other participants from Germany and worldwide (benchmarking). It offers the opportunity to discuss suggestions for improving the nutritional situation and the quality of nutritional care internally.
Participation in nutritionDay thus promotes good nutrition care in the facility, raises awareness of the issues of nutrition and malnutrition, documents the development of the nutrition situation – with regular participation over the years – and opens doors for an active partnership between patients, nursing staff and doctors. This can improve the nutritional situation and the quality of life of patients and residents.

Participate in the nutritionDay!
Participation in the next nutritionDay on November 10th, 2022, is open to every hospital and nursing home. Participation is anonymous, independent, free of charge, does not require specialized knowledge and takes place in one day.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Isabel Galicia Ernst, MSc. at or +49/911 5302 96170.