A serious problem for society

In Ger­many today, 75–80 % of all ill­ness­es are attrib­uted to mal­nu­tri­tion and lack of exer­cise. 1.9 mil­lion chil­dren and thus 11.9% of all school chil­dren (WHO 4/2013) are affect­ed. In Ger­many alone, 15% of chil­dren and ado­les­cents between the ages of 3–17 are over­weight, 6.3% of whom are patho­log­i­cal­ly obese. In addi­tion to sec­ondary dis­eases such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems and dia­betes type II (dia­betes), lack of con­cen­tra­tion and loss of per­for­mance can also be the result.

Chil­dren from social­ly dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies and chil­dren with a migra­tion back­ground are dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly affected.

Do what, then?

Enlight­en and cre­ate a changed con­scious­ness! Only if par­ents and chil­dren know the dan­gers they are exposed to due to poor nutri­tion and lack of exer­cise can they change their behaviour.

This is why gesund­kids is active­ly com­mit­ted to con­scious nutri­tion and more exer­cise for chil­dren between the ages of 3 and 12 with exem­plary cam­paigns at day­care cen­tres, schools and in the public.

An Idea from Committed Rotarians

gesun­dekids is a non-prof­it ini­tia­tive of the Rotary Clubs in Ger­many, which has set itself the goal of mak­ing chil­dren fit for learn­ing and liv­ing with a healthy food and lots of exercise.

As a physi­cian and car­di­ol­o­gist, Prof. Dr. med. Gus­tav Belz rec­og­nized health prob­lems in chil­dren as ear­ly as 2005 and, dur­ing his tenure as gov­er­nor, launched the gesund­kids ini­tia­tive as a project from Rotary Dis­trict 1820.

The nutri­tion­ist Dr. Rein­hild M. Link has devel­oped an action pro­gram for day-care cen­ters and schools, which com­mu­ni­cates con­tent in a clear and prac­ti­cal way and is con­stant­ly being fur­ther developed.


Health and a good life


Incor­rect nutri­tion and lack of exer­cise can make chil­dren ill – and pre­vent them from ful­ly devel­op­ing their poten­tial, from remain­ing able to learn and perform.

Under the mot­to “fit for life”, the gesun­dekids ini­tia­tive sup­ports children’s health with con­crete and prac­ti­cal activ­i­ties to give them every chance of a suc­cess­ful life.

The focus is not on the treat­ment of over­weight, but on nutri­tion and exer­cise to pro­mote health, per­for­mance and fit­ness, which indi­rect­ly pro­motes healthy weight development.

gesund­kids wants to mobilise chil­dren, par­ents, teach­ers, edu­ca­tors, doc­tors and all mul­ti­pli­ers in order to coun­ter­act the prob­lem pre­ven­tive­ly. And that in a sus­tain­able way.

Learn more about the gesund­kids activ­i­ties and how you can sup­port our initiative.


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