Healthy eating drive bears fruit in schools

29 December 2005
Healthy eating drive bears fruit in schools

A scheme to provide primary school children in Scotland with fresh fruit is proving successful, claim ministers.

A study by the Scottish Centre for Social Research showed that:

  • 90% of those surveyed said giving primary pupils free fresh fruit was improving youngsters' eating habits

  • 60% also said that pupils were eating more fresh fruit and vegetables at lunchtime, as a result of the scheme

Education minister Peter Peacock said: "Young people are enjoying healthier school meals, fresh fruit and water as part of their daily routine."

Health minister Andy Kerr said: "We have embarked upon a mission to improve our health as a nation and children's diets are central to that.

"It is now working, but we need to continue our efforts and ensure that everyone, particularly parents, play their role."

The free fresh fruit scheme is one part of the "Hungry for Success" initiative.

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