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DTB 'In Shape'

Germanys Action Plan ‘In Shape’ in progress for grassroots sports!

Prevention of Health. Healthy Food and Physical Activity – A Key for More Quality of Life” was a focal theme during the German EU presidency in 2007. As a follow up the German government passed last year a “National Action Plan ‘In Shape - Initiative for healthy diet and more physical exercises’. This action plan was launched in co-operation of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry for Health.

More than 5 mil. € per year is dedicated to this plan from the Federal Government and it is matched with financial support from the governments of the German Länder. Many programmes and projects in different health related fields of action had been launched since the National Action Plan has been started. Concrete projects at the beginning were mainly based on general population related intervention strategies. “3000 steps per day!” is one of the most popular examples in the field of physical activities. But now more and more setting related projects are going to be supported and therefore organized sport can become much more involved. The German Gymnastic Federation (DTB) will implement a side-project within a bigger programme called “In Shape when aging: healthy diet, more activity” to carry out education programmes for the topics “Fit for everyday life” and “Prevention of falls”.

Just recently a new contest has been started: “Our Club – In Shape”. This contest is encouraging clubs to become more engaged with people’s healthy lifestyle through healthy diet and more physical activity.
“Clubs play an important role in people’s everyday life. Here they learn responsibility and clubs serve as a basis for civil society engagement. Therefore it’s so important to bring the clubs into the boat” said federal minister Daniela Aigner.

All clubs, who are explicitly acting in the field of the contest topic can apply with a description of their activities. Prize money of € 15.000 as well as further education vouchers for € 15.000 will be distributed.

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