More children are eating healthy food

The number of children achieving their five-a-day target in the north-east of England has increased by 17 per cent to 44 per cent in two years, says the DoH.

Improvements to school meals between November 2004 and November 2006 are thought to be the reason behind the rise.

Eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day could lead to an estimated reduction of up to 20 per cent in overall deaths from chronic diseases, such as heart disease. The study was undertaken in 37 schools in north-east England.

They are all part of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme launched in 2000 in which all four to six-year-old children in local education authority maintained infant, primary and special schools are entitled to a free piece of fruit each day.

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