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Saarbrücken - Minister Hecken and Ursel Schmill from the Techniker Krankenkasse are honoring six great projects for the prevention of obesity and lack of exercise in Saarland. "The third edition of the health award was also a complete success: 50 projects on the subjects of healthy eating, exercise and sport were submitted. This shows that prevention in all areas in Saarland is about overcoming physical inactivity overweight as well as the promotion of healthy nutrition is being considered. It was not easy for the jury of nutritionists, media experts and doctors to determine the winners, "said Health Minister Josef Hecken at the presentation of the third Saarland Health Prize .

As Minister Hecken explained together with Ursel Schmill from Techniker Krankenkasse, around 10 to 15 percent of children in Germany are overweight. In Saarland, too, the number of overweight children and adults is alarmingly high, "said Health Minister Josef Hecken, commenting on the results of a long-term study by the German Center for Age Research, according to which three quarters of the older Saar countries are too fat and one in four are even obese." Young and old are equally affected. Similar results were also found in the children and adolescents. "The results of a sample study carried out in the school year 2004/2005 among fourth and eighth grade pupils showed that Saarland children weighed a few kilos overweight. that more boys than girls were overweight among fourth-graders. Overall, more than one in five boys was heavier than they should be, and nine percent were obese, and similar numbers were true for eight-year girls .

Health Minister Hecken warned that with sufficient exercise and a healthy, balanced diet high in fiber and lots of fruit and vegetables, health risks in children can be prevented. Above all, it is frightening that more and more children and adolescents are suffering from so-called old-age diabetes (type 2 diabetes), high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis, caused by a lack of exercise and poor nutrition.

"Exercise and sufficient exercise such as hiking, jogging, cycling, skating or swimming are just as important as a healthy and balanced diet rich in fiber and lots of fruits and vegetables. Obesity can thus be prevented and health well-being strengthened", so Schmill.

In his eulogy, Minister Hecken thanked everyone who sent them for their commitment. Even those who have not won the health award can record more health and exercise.

In addition to the city of Friedrichsthal, the winners include the Protestant day care center in Niederkirchen, the Saarbrücker Zeitung, the day care center Ensheim-Eschringen, the elementary school Köllerbach and the association Kassiopeia e.V.

As Health Minister Josef Hecken explained, the city of Friedrichsthal received the 2007 health award in the municipalities category for the exemplary Friedrichsthal sport and health project F³ (Fit and Fun for Friedrichsthalers).

As part of the project, the health problems of Friedrichsthal schoolchildren were thematized and sustainably and positively changed through training and education offers. In addition to control measures such as posture analyzes, coordination checks, strength and stress tests and weight and body fat analysis in advance, the project focused on the three fields of activity, exercise, conscious nutrition and coping with stress. The city of Friedrichsthal made it possible for children and adolescents to participate free of charge in equipment training, back training and spinal exercises, circuit and cardio training as well as in workshops on healthy eating, stress management and relaxation methods and also integrated parents and Legal guardians through specific offers in the project.


The Saarland Health Prize is intended to promote new or largely implemented projects, ideas, activities and measures in the field of health that are directly related to Saarland, i. H. have been developed here and benefit Saarland countries that have an innovative character, d. H. which are not yet generally established and customary, which contribute to the promotion of health and the avoidance or reduction of obesity, which promote a healthy and balanced diet, which lead to more movement and physical activity t contribute to young and old who serve as role models and can also be adopted by others.