Children consuming more fruit and vegetables in school

University College Dublin Institute of Food and Health have published a new report which evaluates the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme. The programme is aimed at primary school children in the Republic of Ireland and is designed to increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables.

The report includes a long term evaluation of the Food Dudes Programme 2010-2016. The Food Dudes Programme was first introduced in 2010. In 2016 a follow up programme - the Food Dudes Boost Programme – was launched.

Main findings from the report include:

  • 47% of children consumed one or more portions of fruit in school before the Food Dudes programme. This increased to 80% after the programme.
  • Vegetable intake of children also improved, rising from 4% to 53%.
  • In 2016 the percentage of children who consumed one or more portions of fruit and vegetables had fallen, but remained higher than at baseline in 2010.
  • Following the Food Dudes Boost Programme in 2016 the number of children consuming one or more portions of fruit and vegetables increased again to 71% and 26% respectively.

For tips on easy ways to eat your 5-a-day take a look at our fruit and vegetable infographics.


Posted: 29/06/2017 15:39:02 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: Children, Food Dudes, Fruit, Vegetable


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