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IN FORM - National action plan to promote healthy diets and more physical activity

IN FORM, the national action plan initiated by the German government, intends to promote healthier diets and physical exercise to foster healthier environments for children to grow up in, to encourage adults to adopt healthier lifestyles and to see society as a whole enjoy a higher quality of life and general fitness. The action plan also intends to significantly reduce illnesses and diseases to which unhealthy lifestyles, including unbalanced diets and lack of physical activity, contribute. It aims at sustainably improving eating and exercise habits in Germany.

Under the responsibility of the two lead ministries, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), the implementation of the national action plan was assigned to the Federal Office of Agriculture and Food (BLE). To that end, the IN FORM Secretariat was established at the BLE in 2008.

The BLE also supervises the national action plan IN FORM on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

IN FORM as a platform for projects concerned with food, diet, and physical exercise

At www.in-form.de/english, the government initiative collects quality-controlled information for everyone interested in healthier diets and more physical exercise. A list of numerous IN FORM projects and partners is also available for download.

Providing offers specifically geared to individual age groups and situations in life requires a broadly positioned comprehensive alliance: IN FORM includes federal and local authorities as well as a wide range of associations and initiatives that use the central platform to make people aware of their convincing ideas relating to food, diet, and physical exercise.