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Schools begin 'lock-in lunches'

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The pilot scheme could be rolled out to other schools if successful

Up to 1,000 pupils in Glasgow are to be kept in school at lunchtime in a bid to promote healthy eating.

The city council is starting a trial scheme involving first year pupils at eight secondary schools.

Pupils will have to bring their own packed lunch, buy food from the canteen or go home with a parent or guardian.

If the scheme is deemed a success when it ends in 2010 it could be rolled out to more schools across the city and involve other year groups.

St Paul's High, Castlemilk High, Govan High, Whitehill Secondary, St Mungo's Academy, All Saints Secondary, Lochend Community High and St Thomas Aquinas Secondary are all involved in the trial.

Glasgow City Council said that many of its schools had at least 20 fast food shops within a half mile radius of their gates.

It hopes the pilot will have a positive influence on children's and parents' dietary habits.



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