Idle is good for your health

Sport, fun and delicious, healthy food

According to the Federal Ministry of Health, 8.7 percent of children and adolescents in Germany are overweight and 6.3 percent are obese - due to poor diet and lack of exercise. "SMS. Be clever. Take part. Be fit ”is the motto of an initiative by the Düsseldorfer Kids association with PFIFF, which aims to motivate socially disadvantaged schoolchildren to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes in childhood. The association was awarded the 2nd prize at the 2020 Charity Awards for its commitment.

The number of lifestyle-related illnesses is increasing worldwide - especially among children and adolescents. With the “SMS. Be clever. Take part. Be fit ”, Professor Karsten Müssig, chief physician of the Clinic for Internal Medicine at the Franziskus-Hospital Harderberg of the Niels-Stensen-Kliniken in Georgsmarienhütte and chairman of the Düsseldorf Kids Association with PFIFF, wants to get elementary school children interested in sport and healthy nutrition.

“We are very happy, that gives us great courage to continue. We just want to address even more children, ”said Karsten Müssig at the award ceremony. Müssig went on to explain that children could bring the knowledge of a balanced diet to families who are not native speakers. "With simple means, children can be encouraged to return to a balanced lifestyle." In the future, the aim will also be to use electronic media to encourage children to exercise more, for example through special apps.

The association has found sponsors from sports, culture and politics for its project. The participating primary school students receive two additional sports lessons per week in which they can try out different sports. Diet assistants from the Kaiserswerther Diakonie also present the elementary schoolchildren with delicious dishes to cook at home. The initiative now looks after 18 schools in Düsseldorf and Cologne. (Smi / ger)