The national assembly for Wales has already allocated more than£500,000 to local healthy school schemes, which currently support some 250 schools. The number of schools taking part is expected to double during the next 12 months, putting healthy lifestyles on the timetable for even more primary and secondary school pupils.
The Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes (WNHSS) was launched in 1999 by the national assembly to promote the health and wellbeing of schoolchildren. The initiative requires a whole school approach to address issues such as nutrition, exercise, young people and smoking and various other health-related issues in a way which is specific to each individual school's requirements and priorities.
Jane Hutt said: 'Eating fruit every day is really important for children. It reduces the chances of them developing coronary heart disease and certain cancers, can help prevent overweight and obesity, and it provides a healthy, nutritious snack.
'A school which runs its own fruit tuck shop is actively encouraging pupils to choose fruit ahead of other less healthy and often more expensive alternatives like crisps and sweets.'