Participate in the "RV Fit" prevention programme of the German Pension Insurance Scheme Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you are employed and the first aches and pains appear, the German Pension Insurance offers you a free training programme with elements on exercise, nutrition and stress management.

When the first health impairments occur, the German Pension Insurance helps with the free prevention program "RV Fit". With training elements on exercise, nutrition and stress management, you are supported in living and working healthily in the long term. The RV Fit prevention program combines an intensive start-up phase lasting several days with regular on-site training units that accompany the work.
As a company, you can also support your employees in staying healthy with the training programme. Healthy employees have less sick leave, are more motivated and contribute their expertise to the company for longer. The company service of Deutsche Rentenversicherung will advise you on occupational health management.

The prevention programme is currently run by around 250 partner institutions in Germany.

The costs of the programme are borne by Deutsche Rentenversicherung. You can take it part-time before or after work. During the start and refresher phases, your company must give you time off and you are generally entitled to continued payment of your salary. You will receive EUR 5.00 travel expenses for each outpatient training appointment, provided that you actually incurred the costs. In the case of in-patient prevention, you will be reimbursed for travel costs by second-class bus or train or your own car (EUR 0.20/kilometre).

The programme typically has the following sequence:

  • Start phase: 3 days full day outpatient or 5 days inpatient time off from work.
  • Training phase: 12 weeks 1-2 times a week in parallel to work (mornings or evenings)
  • Self-activity phase: 12 weeks of independent training in conjunction with work (mornings or evenings)
  • Refresher phase: 1 day full-day outpatient or 3 days inpatient time off work

The duration of the phases may vary depending on the facility and state.

You do not need to submit any additional documentation.

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: usually no

Related Links

  • Präventionsantrag zum Herunterladen auf der Internetseite der Deutschen Rentenversicherung


Essential insurance law requirements: You

  • have fulfilled the qualifying period of 15 years or
  • have paid compulsory contributions for an insured occupation or activity for 6 calendar months in the last 2 years before the application, or
  • have exercised an insured employment or self-employed activity within 2 years after training up to the time of application, or
  • You were incapacitated for work or unemployed after such employment or activity until the date of application.

In certain cases, you cannot participate in the training program. This applies if you

  • are entitled to a similar benefit from another rehabilitation institution, e.g. accident insurance, because of an occupational accident, occupational disease or injury caused by a third party,
  • if you are a civil servant, soldier or judge. Please contact your local integration office to find out from whom you can receive benefits,
  • are already receiving or have applied for an old-age pension amounting to at least two-thirds of the full pension,
  • have permanently retired from working life and are receiving, for example, a company pension until the start of your old-age pension, or
  • are in pre-trial detention or serving a custodial sentence.

Related Links

  • § 14 Sechstes Buch Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB VI)

Related Links

  • Informationen der Deutschen Rentenversicherung zum Programm "RV Fit"
  • Broschüre der Deutschen Rentenversicherung zum Programm "RV Fit"

You can apply for participation in the prevention programme online or in writing to the pension insurance institution responsible for you:

  • You can submit the application online on the website of the "RV Fit" program.
  • Alternatively, you can submit the application in writing. Download the necessary application forms from the website of the German pension insurance, fill them out completely and send them to your pension insurance institution.
  • The information and advice centres as well as the voluntary helpers (Versichertenberaterinnen und -berater) of the pension insurance can also help you with the application.
  • You can also submit your application to your health insurance fund or your insurance office.
  • The competent pension insurance institution will examine your application.
  • You will receive a decision.

Note: If you have already submitted an application for medical rehabilitation benefits and this is rejected, the competent pension insurance institution must also advise you about prevention benefits.

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