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Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs (BMGF)

The Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs (BMGF) is despite of governmental responsibilities one of the main actors with regard to health in Austria. In the field of health promotion, the Federal Ministry of Health undertakes great endeavours on the one hand to improve the living conditions of the population and on the other hand to increase public awareness on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. Health promotion and prevention are understood as public responsibilities which are aimed at improving the health and quality of life of the Austrian population.

To reverse the rising overweight and obesity rates by 2020 and to prevent diet-related non-communicable diseases, Austria launched in 2011 the Austrian Nutrition Action Plan. It aims at the implementation of effective measures in a transparent and intergovernmental way to prevent over, under and malnutrition. Existing activities were combined into one strong strategy and a nationwide commitment.