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Healthy eating awards for Craven school children

[Thursday 28 June 2007]
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Veggie Gang promotes healthy eating

A LOCAL healthy eating project has taken off which is encouraging school children to eat more fruit and vegetables.

With support from Skipton Building Society, a free Veggie Gang pack has been sent to every primary school in the Craven district of the Yorkshire Dales and now the children are having fun eating strawberries and growing herb pots to take home.

The pack contained teacher's notes, toys, badges, posters and plant pots and the children are taking photographs of all the different gardening activities they have worked on since the project started in February.

The deadline for the Awards is Monday 9th July and the organisers are urging the schools to send in their photographs and scrap books because there are now five cash prizes up for grabs with a first prize of £175.

"The schools told us that they would prefer to win some money to spend on plants or gardening equipment," said Charlotte Foster one of the organisers. "So we have now decided to make some cash awards to the winning schools and the first prize is £175.00"

Cara Taylor, sponsorship consultant, Skipton Building Society, said, "We are proud to support the Veggie Gang throughout the Craven area. The five cash prizes will enable the winning schools to continue their gardening, growing and healthy eating activities after the competition ends, hopefully encouraging further development in this topic at schools."

"The project promotes healthy eating and practical work both in and outside of the classroom" said Charlotte. "We know from research that educating children about healthier lifestyle choices at an early age makes it more likely that they will adopt good habits and carry them on into adult life."

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