Different worlds, different solutions

In addition to heart-healthy food, a parallel program will be developed involving strategies by which the public will be informed of the risks of unhealthy nutritional patterns and the benefits of developing a healthier diet, and practical solutions will be suggested. The recommendations will be tailored to the different requirements of the target groups, according to age, gender, social circumstances, stage of life, etc.

Concepts for children < 10 years

A project for early practical nutritional education began in pilot kindergartens in October 2015 with the aim of promoting healthier diets and improving meal facilities in daycare: Entitled “Nutritional education in Kita’s life, Kita is healthier”, the project is funded by the Thuringian Ministry for Migration, Justice and Consumer Protection, located in Thuringia and supported by the German Nutrition Society and nutriCARD. The concept, and results, will be fully evaluated and will serve as the basis for further recommendations.

Concepts for adolescents

The development of innovative tools and using new information and communication technologies (tracking Apps etc.) are some of the nutriCARD strategies which aim to improve the nutritional knowledge, the acquisition of knowledge and consumer education.

Presently a nutritional tracking app will be developed for a specific target-group, which will support nutritional education for adolescents.



Concepts for young families

The non-profit PR agency AGETHUR supports nutriCARD by developing and implementing concepts for young families and their infants, especially those from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. These concepts will consist of a practical guidance manual and handouts (flyers, brochures) that can be used by professionals to address nutritionally relevant information. A qualitative study: „Mealtime und nutritional practices in young families - analyzing the family eating environment“ has already been undertaken, presently a quantitate study has been initiated.

The Institute of Communication and Media Research (Leipzig University) has conducted a nationwide online survey to evaluate typical means of media consumption, the role of online and social media as well as attitudes to nutrition (habits) in young families. On the basis of the results a media strategy will be devised and implemented; in particular journalists who report on health and nutrition-related topics, as well as radio and TV moderators, will be integrated.

Concepts for adults at increased risk for CVD

Within the scope of nutriCARD a nutritional concept (daily nutritional plans/meal plans, cardio-protective endurance training included) was developed. The "cardio-protective diet" is characterized by an adequate energy intake, as well as intake of carbohydrates, protein and fat according to the guidelines of the German Society of Nutrition (DGE e. V.) with special focus on the fat quality of the foods, a reduced amount of saturated fatty acids (SFA) in favor of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Another focus is on the recommended daily intake of fiber and n-3 long chain-PUFA and an increased consumption of vegetables, cereals, fruits and dairy products (while reducing calorie-dense, nutrient poor, full-fat products).



To evaluate the above-mentioned concept the MoKaRi (Modulation of cardiovascular risk factors) intervention study was initiated. The study participants received defined personal nutritional counselling every two weeks and received daily menu plans (with optimized nutrient profiles) as well as special foods, such as native olive oil from Portugal (25 g/d), a handful of nuts (20 g/d) and n-3 LC-PUFA enriched yoghurt (“Omeghurt”) over a period of 20 weeks (follow-up 20 weeks). The study will test effectiveness and the potential of a ‘cardio-protective diet’ for adults with increased risk for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The daily recipes and menu plans were adapted according to gender, age and physical activity. Over the study period (20 weeks) which ended in June 2016, a total of 1120 menu plans were prepared. In additional to personal discussions participants received nutritional counselling, prepared menu plans, and a health check-up which also utilizes an app to calculate the cardiovascular risk profile at a 2-week interval.

This practical concept aims to provide valuable suggestions, intake recommendations, recipes, menu plans etc. which are based on scientific criteria. The follow-up is planned at 10 and 20 weeks after the intervention, so that MoKaRi will be finished in November 2016.

After the statistical analyses of the data the results will be published. The nutritional concept as well as the menu plans will be published and will be available for the public.


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Knowledge transfer

Individuals who have trained in nutriCARD programs (“multipliers”), will spread out in the field to further inform the public about these important nutritional concepts. Partners working in cooperation with nutriCARD e.g. the German Nutrition Association (DGE) section Thuringia, professional associations, health insurance entities, etc will be involved in the practical implementation. NutriCARD will also work closely with state ministries to implement this new approach to food and health in kindergartens and schools.