Healthy diet

Consumers in Germany have a wide range of high quality and healthy foods to choose from. Food is precious and can taste wonderful. Healthy eating is a pleasure – and a properly balanced diet is the best recipe for maintaining optimum health.

Nutrition and physical activity are inherently linked. If you lead a physically active life, you consume more energy. With the IN FORM initiative, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture promotes healthy living.

IN FORM pools together projects on healthy lifestyles from across Germany and provides information on good dietary practices for all spheres of life – from nutrition for children at school and kindergarten, to balanced diets for women during pregnancy, people at work and the elderly.

Various foods: vegetables, mushrooms, maize, vegetable oil, meat
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IN FORM – German national initiative to promote healthy diets and physical activity

Together with the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), the BMEL has been committed to the healthy growth of children and adolescents for many years.

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Childcare facilities and schools

The foundation for a healthy lifestyle is laid in childhood. When it comes to food, children are influenced by their upbringing and learn by example. Awareness about selection and quality of foods and about eating habits is established at home, and often also in childcare facilities and schools.

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Quality of life in old age: a healthy diet is key

We cannot and will not do without the contribution that senior citizens make to our society and the potential they have. Their life experience and advice are important. We want them to be able to stay healthy and active , participate in social and cultural life and grow old on their own terms for as long as possible. But it is also a fact that 84 percent of 70-80 year-old men and 74 percent of women in this age group are overweight or even obese.

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The National Reduction and Innovation Strategy: Less sugar, fat and salt in ready-made products

Ready-made products are a trend and have become part of a modern lifestyle. Quite often, they tend to be relatively high in sugar, fat and salt. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) wants to support consumers in choosing a health-promoting diet and ensure that processed food gets healthier.

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Qual­i­ty of life in old age: a healthy di­et is key (topic:senior-citizens)

We cannot and will not do without the contribution that senior citizens make to our society and the potential they have. Their life experience and advice are important. We want them to be able to stay healthy and active , participate in social and cultural life and grow old on their own terms for as long as possible. But it is also a fact that 84 percent of 70-80 year-old men and 74 percent of women in this age group are overweight or even obese.

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The Na­tion­al Re­duc­tion and In­no­va­tion Strat­e­gy: Less sug­ar, fat and salt in ready-made prod­ucts (topic:reduction-strategy)

Ready-made products are a trend and have become part of a modern lifestyle. Quite often, they tend to be relatively high in sugar, fat and salt. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) wants to support consumers in choosing a health-promoting diet and ensure that processed food gets healthier.

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Ex­tend­ed nu­tri­tion­al la­belling sys­tem Con­sumers want Nu­tri-Score (topic:food-labelling)

Nutri-Score, BLL model, Keyhole® or MRI model? A simplified and extended nutritional labelling system on the front of the food packaging is a key element in a holistic policy for promoting healthy eating and also a mandate from the coalition agreement.

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Too good for the bin - an ini­tia­tive of the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment to avoid food waste (topic:food-waste)

Many precious foodstuffs end up in the bin. Private households throw away about 6.1 million tons of food per year. That's about 75 kilos of food waste per person. Much of it is preventable. These are the findings of a study published by the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut in February 2019 (baseline 2015).

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Hy­giene re­quire­ments for the pri­ma­ry pro­duc­tion, pro­duc­tion, pro­cess­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of foods (topic:food-hygiene)

All food business operators, including agricultural enterprises, are subject to the EU hygiene legislation. At all stages of production, processing and distribution, including primary production, they must ensure that the foodstuffs they place on the market are safe.

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The Prin­ci­ples for Re­spon­si­ble In­vest­ment in Agri­cul­ture and Food Sys­tems (topic:agenda-2030)

On 15 October, the member states of the Committee on World Food Security at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) unanimously adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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Food con­trol and in­spec­tion in Ger­many (topic:food-controls)

Targeted checks serve to enhance consumer health protection. Industry, public authorities and consumers all have an active role to play

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