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National Recommendations now published for Physical Activity in Germany

National Recommendations for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Promotion for the Federal Republic of Germany have been set out for the very first time with support of the Federal Ministry of Health by a group of respected scientists from the fields of sports science, sports medicine and public health, including ISCA partner the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The recommendations apply to children and adolescents, adults and older persons as well as to adults with chronic diseases.


In their present form, the recommendations are aimed towards political decision makers, political institutions, stakeholders and organisations involved in prevention and health promotion, and other experts in different areas and institutions.


The sport sector has a prominent role in this regard, as noted in the document:


The sport sector offers major potential for physical activity promotion in terms of health-enhancing physical activity that goes beyond performance or competitive sports. The significance of this sector is huge in Germany in particular. “(p.113).

The “National Recommendations for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Promotion”, which can be downloaded here, mark a milestone at two levels, first at the national level by providing the first scientifically proven and developed recommendations for the Federal Republic of Germany, and second at an international level, by systematically linking recommendations for physical activity and physical activity promotion.


By Herbert Hartmann, DTB (Germany)