Preventing Overweight and Obesity

Projekt abgeschlossen

The project aims at preventing overweight and obesity in Polish society through wide-spread educational measures on nutrition and physical activity, as well as through  treatment activities among overweight people. Pregnant women and school children are particularly targeted in this national programme.


Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Soziale Sicherheit erhöhen
01.01.2011 - 13.06.2017
CHF  4’500’000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The percentage of obese people, both women and men, increased in 2000 compared to 1991. Among men aged 50 to 59, obesity was found twice more frequently in 2000 (25.3%) than in 1991 (12.4%). A survey conducted between 2003 and 2005 in 16 provinces confirmed the alarming situation: 21.2% of men and 22.4% of women aged 20 to 74 suffer from obesity while 40.4%, respectively 27.9%, suffer from overweight. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents is lower than in other European countries, but a considerable number (20%) are overweight. Both obesity and overweight increase the risk of developing other diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, most cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, and type 2 diabetes.


The goal of the project is to prevent overweight and obesity among the Polish population. Specific objectives are a correct nutrition of 28’000 pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, a correct nutrition and physical activity of pupils of 1’600 educational institutions, a decrease of BMI in 1’600 obese and overweight people, and a 50% increase in the ability to understand food labelling and to buy healthy food among the target population in supermarkets.


Pregnant women and nursing mothers, children and school children, obese/overweight persons, general public

  • Education and awareness-raising among pregnant women and nursing mothers by midwifes
  • Courses/training on the role of proper nutrition and physical activity for school heads and teachers, for children and adolescents and their parents
  • Certification programme for educational institutions
  • Secondary prevention among obese/overweight people
  • Educational measures in supermarkets
  • Awareness-raising media campaign



Erreichte Resultate:  

  • The project enabled the executing agency to contribute to the drafting of a new regulation on certification of school kiosks based on the provision of healthy food.
  • 12'371 pregnant women educated regarding proper nutrition
  • 1’600 schools (covering 405'848 adolescents and children) enrolled for programme on proper nutrition and physical activity (target value achieved)
  • 2'111 persons with excessive body weight participating in intensive weight reduction cycles (target value: 2’080), with an average decrease in BMI of patients reaching 5,7% (above target whith was 5%)
  • 14'369 persons covered by dietary counseling (target value: 14’300)
  • 9'026'14 supermarkets customers reached with information on food labelling, nutritional value and the role of physical activity for health
  • Website created and modernized in 2014; 870'007 visits


Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Ausländische staatliche Institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    4’500’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    4’233’057

Phase 1 01.01.2011 - 13.06.2017   (Completed)