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West Midlands schools to encourage children to eat more fruit and veg

Coventry City Council is bringing back its ‘Food Dudes’ healthy eating programme, after a Coventry Telegraph report revealed that childhood obesity in the city is above the national average.

It was found that 10.5 percent of children in reception classes and 20.3 percent of those in Year 6 were classed as being obese.

The Food Dudes programme will be reintroduced in 42 schools, having first been implemented three years ago. This helped to lead to a 116 percent increase in lunchtime fruit consumption and a 69 percent increase in vegetables being eaten by pupils.

Broad Heath school’s deputy head, Jenny Scott, said:

“We are excited to be taking part in the Food Dudes programme for a second time. It is a great programme which promotes healthy eating and encourages children to try a variety of fruit and vegetables which they might not have had the opportunity to try before.”

Scott added that in the past, the Food Dudes scheme had encouraged pupils to consider the diet choices that they were making, with the hope that it will lead to similar results this time around.

Headteacher at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Grainne Griffiths, said that Food Dudes was a great initiative for getting children to eat more fruit and veg.

Another option would be for a healthy food tuckshop, and those looking for business enterprise ideas for kids in Leicestershire or Coventry might consider opening one up to help address the growing obesity problem.

Posted by Mark
March 13, 2014

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