The government is considering handing out free apples and oranges to schoolchildren, reported The Sunday Times (p3)...
The government is considering handing out free apples and oranges to schoolchildren, reported The Sunday Times (p3).
The giveaway is being considered as part of a government drive to encourage pupils to eat more fruit and vegetables after a survey revealed that a fifth of children were eating no fruit at all.
Despite government efforts to improve the school diet, many children are still opting for fatty foods, chocolate bars and fizzy drinks as their favourite staples.
Health experts say it has taken a toll on their health, with 9% of girls and 13% of boys in Britain now classed as overweight.
The government is already spending£2m on a drive to encourage children to improve their diet. The DfEE is to introduce national nutritional standards for school lunches and a cross-governmental review is studying ways to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. This would include the option of the fruit giveaway.