About The Project

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High Five For Fruit project successfully promotes healthy eating among nursery children and has handed out almost 6 million pieces of fruit in North Lanarkshire.

 The High Five for Fruit project was started in 2005 by Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership and is making a real difference to the diets of youngsters - and their families.

It delivers three free pieces of fruit every week for each child, aged three to five, in 130 nurseries across North Lanarkshire.

The delivery team currently supplies more than 24,000 pieces of fruit and vegetables every week, and will hit a total of 6 million in December.

 

A recent evaluation of the project carried out by Glasgow University School of Public Heath found out that there has been a 61 per cent increase in the number of children eating fruit and vegetables in nurseries. This has had a knock-on effect in the children’s homes with 54 per cent of families saying that they now eat more fruit and vegetables at home.

 

When the project started in 2005 children in North Lanarkshire ate, on average, 2.6 portions of fruit or veg every day, this has now increased to 4.5 portions, almost twice the national average for this age group.

This has been achieved by using a two-element provide and promote process.  It is not enough just to provide people with access to  fruit and vegetables, we need to demonstrate what to do with it.

The LCFHP team go out to nurseries to work with children and their parents. For childer, we take a range of fun sessions in to nurseries which include planting apple trees and running tasting sessions created around children’s stories.  We have also run successful free cooking and healthy eating classes in nurseries for the children’s parents and carers.

What we teach depends on the skills the adults already have, but we might show them how to make a simple broth or a vegetarian risotto. We also include simple recipes in our regular newsletter.

The healthy eating successes of the High Five for Fruit project are bucking the national trend which has seen campaigns struggle to improve diet. While obesity is clearly an issue for much discussion, improving the health of the nation is about much more than reducing the number of calories people consume.

Improving diet by increasing the number of fruit and veg portions will do so much more than tackle obesity.  Obesity is just one diet-related disease. Good diet goes a long way to maintaining health and avoiding a huge number of conditions including diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

The High Five for Fruit initiative has extended beyond giving fruit and veg to children to selling reasonably priced produce to their parents through their network of food co-ops and healthy eating stalls.

 

Useful Sources of Information

www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/HealthyLiving/Oral/Documents/Nutrition-Oral-Health-Early-Years-Practice-Strategy.pdf


www.eatwell.gov.uk

Food Standards Agency - Eat Well, Be Well

This website gives information on healthy diet, healthy weight and food preparation/safety.


www.nutrition.org.uk

British Nutrition Foundation

This site provides nutritional information for teachers, health professionals and the general public.


www.nhs.uk/Change4Life

Supported by the Department of Health, Change4Life aims to improve children’s diet and levels of activity so reducing the threat of becoming overweight. Includes tips on healthy eating, portion sizes for children, healthy snack ideas and much more.