Sabrİ Ülker Foundation

The Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation was founded in 2009 with the goal of making a lasting contribution to public health. Guided by its board of scientists, all experts in their respective fields, this non-profit foundation works to advise the public about current global developments in health, nutrition, and food safety. The foundation aspires to be a reference institution in the areas of nutrition and health.

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The Balanced Nutrition Project was founded with the aim of being Turkey’s most comprehensive and sustainable basic nutritional education program. Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation’s independent Science Committee launched the pilot program during the 2011 - 2013 teaching year, thereby introducing international-standard nutritional education to Turkey for the first time.

In 2014, the project introduced nutritional education programs for parents and children, and now reaches a total of one million students and parents in ten Turkish provinces. The program is now entering its fourth successful season.


In April 2013 the Sabri Ulker Food Research Foundation invited nutrition experts to the first SUGAV Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Summit, in order to raise public awareness about the importance of sound nutrition. Scientists from Turkey and abroad discussed nutrition and food safety, new global trends, and foundational approaches for applying new policies in the field.

The second SUGAV summit was held on May 7, 2014 with the theme ‘Everything is for a better life.’ Noted speakers Mehmet Müezzinoğlu (Turkish Minister of Health) and Mehdi Eker (Turkish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock), explained the government’s strategy in the areas of food and nutrition.

Attendees of the summit learned about recent studies emphasizing the importance of physical activity and diet, from respected international health experts, including Gökhan Hotamışlıgil (Harvard University), Ronal Maughan (Loughborough University), and Edward Blundell (Leeds University).