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Anti-junk food push 'a success'
Free fruit is given to young primary pupils three times per week
Moves to encourage young primary pupils to eat more healthily are proving fruitful, ministers have insisted.

Primary one and two children are given free fruit three times per week.

Ministers claimed a study by the Scottish Centre for Social Research showed 90% of those questioned said eating habits had improved.

Researchers quizzed a quarter of primary schools and all of Scotland's local authorities to find out what they thought of the anti-junk food drive.

As many as 60% of them said youngsters were eating more fresh fruit and vegetables at lunchtime because of the scheme.

It is part of the Hungry for Success effort, aimed at increasing the nutritional content of school meals and encouraging more balanced diets.

We need to continue our efforts and ensure that everyone, particularly parents, play their role
Andy Kerr
Health Minister

Health minister Andy Kerr said of the fruit campaign: "We have embarked upon a mission to improve our health as a nation and it is now working.

"But we need to continue our efforts and ensure that everyone, particularly parents, play their role."

Education Minister Peter Peacock said young people were now enjoying healthier school meals, fresh fruit and water as part of their daily routine.

"By introducing these healthy tastes at an early age we can encourage them to follow active, healthy lifestyles that will benefit them for the rest of their lives," he added.

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