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Healthy living: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania takes the lead

Press release 8 August 2016

The results of this year’s DKV Report, “How healthy is Germany?”, show that there is no other German federal state where there are proportionately more healthy than unhealthy people than Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In 2014 and 2016, research institute GfK Nuremburg surveyed a total of 400 residents of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania about their health-related behaviour for this nationwide report. Ingo Froböse, Professor at the German Sport University Cologne, was the Scientific Director.

19 percent of people in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV) live a healthy lifestyle: they exercise sufficiently, eat a balanced diet, do not smoke, do not drink much alcohol, and do not have problems with stress. “As in previous years, the people of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are once again taking the lead in healthy living”, stated Ingo Froböse. In previous DKV Reports, people in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MW) have always come out on top in the five surveyed categories.

MW excels in exercising and eating well

“There are several reasons for it”, explained Froböse. “One is that most people who live there exercise for at least two-and-a-half hours a week.” This is the same amount of time that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends to keep a healthy balance. 55 percent of people in MW manage to achieve this target, which is more than those in all other German federal states. “People from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania exercise a lot more during their free time and often choose to get around on foot or by bicycle. They also score very well when it comes to what they eat. 53 percent try to maintain a balanced diet”, said Froböse. This includes whole-grained products, fruit, and vegetables, as well as eating fish once or twice a week.

From Froböse’s point of view, people from this state could do even more for their health: “If there are 19 percent who live healthily, that also means that there are 81 percent who do not lead a completely healthy lifestyle.” In comparison to other German federal states, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has a long way to go with regards smoking and stress. According to figures taken from the DKV Report, 46 percent of Germans suffer from stress. 23 percent smoke, and their health is being affected as a consequence.

The figures from the 2014 and 2016 surveys were added for the evaluation by federal states, in order to create a larger base. According to this evaluation, only around 11 percent of people across Germany live healthily in all areas of the study, with North Rhine-Westphalia taking bottom place.

An overview of the 2016 DKV report:
Scientific Directors Prof. Ingo Froböse and Dr. Birgit Sperlich, Zentrum für Gesundheit, German Sport University Cologne,
CAT1 telephone survey  GfK Nuremberg
Number of participants 2,830
Survey period 2 March to 1 April 2016
Publication, graphics 2016 DKV Report, “How healthy is Germany?”, 48 pages, PDF file for download in German from

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About DKV
For over 80 years, the DKV has been a pioneer in the industry with needs-orientated and innovative products. The health specialist provides comprehensive health and nursing care insurance coverage, as well as health care services to customers in private and state health insurance, and organises high-quality medical care. In 2015, the company recorded a premium income of 4.8 billion euros.
DKV is the health insurance specialist of the ERGO Group and thus part of Munich Re, one of the world's leading reinsurers and risk carriers.  
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