Germany

The Federal Centre for Nutrition (BZfE)

Since February 2017, the new German Nutrition Centre (Bundeszentrum für Ernährung, BZfE) is a driving force and a central player in the field of nutrition in Germany. It contributes to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, with a particular focus on health equality.

Our aim is to lead people of all ages through the various contradictory nutritional messages and promises in a competent way. Its goal is to strengthen self-confidence in dealing with one's own diet and to help people make the best choice. Health and sustainability are values ​​that must be taken into account in future nutritional interventions. The BZfE represents these values ​​in society, politics and industry and contributes to the achievement of national and global sustainable development goals.

The BZfE is a separate department in the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) in Bonn (www.ble.de)

MAIN DUTIES

  • The BZfE provides practical information and guidance for a healthy and enjoyable diet and lifestyle, which are close to the everyday life of the target group(s). All information is based on the most recent scientific knowledge and promote a healthy behaviour among the target group(s).
  • The BZfE provides easy-to-understand, food-based nutrition recommendations and guidance as a reference for a healthy food selection.
  • The nutritional and lifestyle support covers the entire life span from the beginning (the first 1000 days) to the old age. Such a support affects the private environment (family) as well as settings (school, daycare centre, company). Social, cultural and educational aspects are considered in a sensitive way!
  • Today, a healthy lifestyle is not possible without a healthy and at the same time a sustainable food selection and diet. The reduction of feeding disorders and nutrition-related diseases through information, education and media to support advice and therapy are central activities of the BZfE.
  • The BZfE covers aspects of behavioural prevention and participates in the process and support of structural/environmental prevention with regard to the food environment (e.g. community catering) and the food supply (labeling, reformulation, food code, etc.).

MORE INFORMATION

www.bzfe.de

and

www.ble.de

Participating countries