Large increase in children eating fruit and vegetables

The number of children consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables a day has increased by 13 per cent in two years, according to the DoH.

The Further Evaluation of The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme showed that the number of children achieving five a day had increased from 27 per cent in March 2004 to 44 per cent in November 2006.

And the number of portions consumed had also increased to a point where on average 50 per cent of children in the scheme were close to achieving their daily target.

The DoH said the most significant factor in the increase in fruit and vegetables consumed between November 2004 and November 2006 was improvements to school meals.

The findings came from 37 schools in the north east of England taking part in the scheme.

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