6th Parliamentary Evening in Berlin, DSSV e. V. – Association of Employers of Gymnasiums and Health Centers of Germany, press release

On May 18, 2022, the sixth parliamentary evening took place at the Saarland State Representation in Berlin under the motto “fit and healthy in Germany: fitness studios move the country”. The organizers, the German Health and Fitness Facility Employers’ Association (DSSV e.V.), the German University for Prevention and Health Management (DHfPG) and the BSA Academy, were able to welcome the valuable representatives of the Bundestag , research, Winning the fitness and health industry as well as mandatory health insurance companies for joint commitment against civilization’s growing lack of exercise and rapid rise in disease.

“Not least due to the corona pandemic, the health of Germans has drastically deteriorated. We absolutely have to counter this,” emphasizes Prof. Dr. Thomas Wessinghage, Vice President of University Development and Transfer DHfPG and orthopedic specialist. “The health aspect of physical training has been known for a long time. The aim of the 6th Parliamentary Night is for actors from politics, research, and the fitness and health sectors to work together to make it easier for the population to access regular physical training,” adds DSSV member Frank Vogelgesang, owner of Motivitas Fitness GmbH.

A successful evening with stimulating debates and important points of view
As part of the event, the following participants, among others, exchanged views on the current health status of the population and options for action across industries in an expert discussion moderated by Prof. Wessinghage:

  • Philipp Hartewig, MP and chairman of the sports committee and spokesman for sports policy of the FDP parliamentary group
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Loth, Board Member of IKK Südwest
  • Birgit Schwarze, President of the DSSV e. v

In addition, Prof. Dr. Sarah Kobel, head of market research at DHfPG and project manager, the “Fitmach Campaign: fit and healthy in Saarland” and its first results. The stated goal of this model project: expansion to the entire federal territory. In the subsequent meeting, those present took the opportunity for a personal exchange. With new insights gained from the expert panel and Prof. Dr. Sarah Kobel’s best practice lecture, they discussed how they can jointly make low-threshold offers for regular fitness training under professional guidance available to the population. Because only together is it possible to prevent the growing lack of exercise and the diseases of civilization.

“Fitmach Campaign” in Saarland: Great things always come from small things
A milestone was reached in Saarland, because for the first time politics, research, statutory medical insurance companies and the fitness and health industry are working together on one project: the Saarland Ministry of Health, the German University for Prevention and Health Management (DHfPG), the Association for Prevention and Health in the Saarland (PuGiS) eV V., the Saarland statutory health insurance companies, fitness and health facilities and the DSSV e. V. as supporters have joined in the “Fitmach campaign” to encourage people in Saarland, and in future throughout Germany, to exercise more.

1,000 test subjects who are not physically active at all, poorly or irregularly complete an eight-week personalized training program in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) evidence-based exercise recommendations at a local gym or studio health of your choice. With questionnaires that are completed at different times during the training phase, fitness professionals document how often test subjects complete or have completed training, what their physical and mental condition is, and what motivation drives them to train at the respective moment.

A new: You can find the press release and images HERE to download.
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