Gallery: Healthy ambitions for pupils

HEALTHY eating was made exciting at Handford Hall Primary School as pupils sampled the finest in exotic fruits from around the world.

HEALTHY eating was made exciting at Handford Hall Primary School as pupils sampled the finest in exotic fruits from around the world.

Representatives from health company Bupa dropped by to give pupils the chance to make healthy smoothie drinks, taste fruits, and play games which highlight the importance of eating healthy foods.

The Activ-eat day kick started a national campaign to help combat childhood obesity.

Handford Hall was the first school in the area to take part in the initiative, which encourages children aged six to nine to learn about healthy eating and exercise in a fun and memorable way.

Jane Rogers, headteacher at Handford Hall Primary School said: “It's vital that children learn the importance of healthy eating as early as possible.

“Because they often learn best when they are relaxed and having fun, Activ-eat has the potential to make a real difference to how children view fruit and vegetables.

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“Hopefully, it will make more get a taste for healthy foods they might not otherwise have tried.”

A team of specially trained volunteers from Bupa's Anglesea Heights Nursing Home supplied children with a pedometer at the end of the day to encourage them to do more physical activity, and set the pupils a three-week challenge to eat five items of fruit and vegetables a day.