Hamburg's daycare centers awarded for healthy eating
A balanced diet is particularly important for children. Therefore, the German Society for Nutrition (DGE) developed some time ago "Quality standards for catering in day care centers for children", which are to ensure an adequate standard of daycare food. Now the facilities of the Association of Hamburg Day Care Centers for compliance with the DGE recommendations have been awarded the “Fit Kid” certificate by the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner (CSU).
The Association of Hamburg Day Care Centers looks after around a third of the day care children in Hamburg in its 178 facilities. The daily meals for children are subject to strict guidelines regarding the nutrient and vitamin content of the food as well as its fat and sugar content. In terms of nutrition, the facilities of the Association of Hamburg Day Care Centers are a nationwide example, according to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. For the efforts to ensure healthy nutrition for daycare children, the facilities of the Association of Hamburg Day Care Centers have therefore recently been awarded the “Fit Kid” certificate, which ensures full and healthy meals in accordance with the DGE's nutritional recommendations.
Trend-setting signal for the nutrition of day-care center children from Hamburg The facilities of the Association of Hamburg Day Care Centers offer supervised children a daily diet with lots of fruit and whole grains, little fat and sugar as well as mineral water or tea as a drink. This means that the catering expressly complies with the principles of the "Quality standards for catering in day care facilities for children" of the German Nutrition Society, according to the Federal Minister of Food's reasoning for the current award with the "Fit Kid" certificate. However, not only the food itself, but also the preparation of most of the meals on site in the award-winning Hamburg daycare centers is exemplary, the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection explained the current award of the 178 facilities with the seal of quality. So far, according to the Federal Minister of Food, that such a large number of facilities in a city meet the demands of the DGE regarding the "quality standards for catering in day care facilities for children". “The signal that they are sending out here from Hamburg should be noticed by the whole country. It is trend-setting, ”emphasized Ilse Aigner when the award was announced on Tuesday.
24,000 day-care center children enjoy particularly healthy nutrition The "Fit Kid - The Healthy Eating Campaign for Day Care Centers" is intended to further advance the action plan "In Form - Germany's Initiative for Healthy Eating and More Exercise", not least because Ilse Aigner explained that the diseases caused by unhealthy nutrition have increased significantly in recent years and are now a major burden on the health system. According to the Minister, balanced nutrition in daycare centers should be seen as an investment in the future, which should help to avoid further negative consequences of unhealthy nutrition. The facilities of the Association of Hamburg Day Care Centers are exemplary at this point. However, there is still a need for action in other institutions and especially in the schools in Hamburg. In connection with the current award, the president of the German Society for Nutrition, Ulrike Arens-Azevedo, said that she hoped that schools in Hamburg would also take an example from daycare centers. In this way, significantly more adolescents could be provided with a balanced diet in the future. However, this should not detract from the recognition of positive approaches in daycare. Because, according to the Mayor of Hamburg, Carola Veit (SPD), around 24,000 children in Elbstadt are provided with a consistently healthy diet through the association of Hamburg daycare centers. (fp)
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