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As a professional scientific society, we develop statements and recommendations from nutritional science and implement them in practice. We promote balanced and sustainable diets. Enabling the people in Germany to stay healthy.
14. FENS-Conference 14-17ᵗʰ November 2023 in Belgrade
The 14th European Nutrition Conference (ENC) took place from November 14 to 17, 2023 at the Sava Center in Belgrade.
There was an interesting and varied program on the topic of "Food, Nutrition and Health: Translating science into practice". The German Nutrition Society (DGE) was actively involved with a symposium, organized together with the Institute for Healthy Living, Belgium, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway and the DTU National Food Institute, Denmark. The symposium was chaired by DGE President Prof. Dr. Bernhard Watzl. Speakers on the topic "Different concepts to incorporate sustainability in food-based dietary guidelines in Belgium (Flanders), Germany and the Nordic/Baltic countries" on November 16, 2023 from 4.30 - 6.30 p.m. with the following contributions:
- Carolin Schäfer, (German Nutrition Society, DGE): „Consideration of sustainability within the multi-dimensional food-based dietary guideline for Germany”
- Loes Neven, Flanders Institute for Healthy Living, Belgium Vlaams Instituut Gezond Leven: „The Flanders food guide: integrated approach for a healthy and environmentally responsible diet“
- Helle Margrete Meltzer (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norwegen) und Ellen Trolle: (National Food Institute DTU - Technical University of Denmark, Dänemark) „Nordic and Baltic collaboration to integrate sustainability into FBDG.“
ENC is a four-yearly event organized by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) and of its national members. In 2023 the Conference will be hosted by the Serbian Nutrition Society. Belgrade was selected at the General FENS Assembly during the 13th ENC held in 2019 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
- The German Nutrition Society (DGE), established in 1953, has since been engaged in topics on nutrition and nutritional research.
- From the onset, the DGE has been a non-profit organization committed to scientific facts.
- The DGE is an official incorporated society and is not influenced by economic or political interests.
The main functions of the DGE
- Supporting research on nutritional science
- Ascertaining topics for nutritional research as well as compiling and evaluating research results on nutrition science and related disciplines
- Announcing research results on nutrition science and related disci plines by publications and events
- Awarding prizes for outstanding nutrition scientists
Nutrition Counselling and Education
- Coordinating scientifically proven and independent nutrition counselling and education
- Quality assurance of nutrition counselling and education
DGE Nutrition Circle
is a graphical model for the visualisation of qantitive dietary guidelines and is intended for healthy adults. Food selection according to the DGE Nutrition Circle is a reliable basis for the implementation of a wholesome diet.
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Events and Educational Courses
The DGE organizes congresses, symposia, workshops and seminars regularly, mainly for nutritional experts and journalists.
There are various educational courses offered for professionals engaged in nutrition counselling and communal catering. The topics range, for example, from expert seminars on nutrition knowledge to seminars about counselling methods.
The budget of the DGE averages at 6.75 million Euro per year. Approximately 25 % is covered by own revenue (e. g. sale of media, fees for educational courses and memberships) and 75 % by public funds.
10 Guidelines for a Wholesome Diet
They summarise how a health-promoting sustainable diet can be implemented in everyday life and provide consumers with simple rules of conduct. All 10 guidelines do not imply strict commandments or prohibitions, but are recommendations leaving space for individual scope.
For the compilation of the 10 guidelines, nutritional criteria as well as aspects of prevention, sustainability and enjoyment were taken into account.
The German Three-Dimensional Food Pyramid
represents the German dietary guidelines. The Three-Dimensional Food Pyramid complements the DGE Nutrition Circle. The special feature of the Three-Dimensional DGE Food Pyramid is the combination of quantitative statements and qualitative statements in a single model.
For further information, please contact:
German Nutrition Society
Godesberger Allee 136
Tel.: +49 (0)228 3776-600
Fax: +49 (0)228 3776-800