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Every child deserves the best start in life. A healthy childhood provides the foundation for health later in life. That is why the government is committed – through the NHS and the Healthy Schools Programme – to investing in improving children’s health. But research shows that today too many children are not getting the healthy diet that could protect them against serious illnesses later on in life.
Sliced Apple

Experts recommend that eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can protect against heart disease and cancer, as well as cutting the symptoms of asthma in childhood.

Yet on average, children are eating just two portions a day. Many children – particularly those growing up in poverty – are eating considerably less. Consumption of fruit and vegetables by children seems to have fallen over the last twenty years. For too many families, access to healthy food is limited, especially in some low income areas where affordable fruit and vegetables can be hard to find. These inequalities are reflected in health, as people on low income are three times more likely to die early from coronary heart disease than those from professional backgrounds.

The government believes that every one should have access to healthy food, and that children in particular need a
Carrots
better chance of a healthy start in life. After all, opportunities and lessons learnt in schools can stay with us for many years to come. That is why we are introducing the National School Fruit Scheme, which will entitle our youngest school children to free fruit each day. Alongside new nutritional standards for school meals, and community projects to improve access to healthy food, this is a vital step towards improving all children’s health and tackling health inequalities across the country.
 
 
The health value of fruit and vegetables

 
 

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