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01 April 2004 1405 BST

Schoolchildren learn about the benefits of eating fruit with Grab5!
Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day means you are less likely to have heart disease, cancer or a stroke.

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The Government wants to make Britain a healthier place and tackle health inequalities in England.

Experts at the Department of Health say one in five children don't eat any fruit and they believe that by teaching them about healthy eating, the diets of whole families can change.

The 5-A-Day Norfolk campaign which has government funding, aims to increase healthy living by encouraging kids to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day with their project called Grab5!

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Eating an apple a day will help prevent illness

The reason why fruit and vegetables are so good for you is because of they have lots of vitamins and minerals.

Fruit and vegetables also contain many complex plant components called phytochemicals.

Some of the vitamins and phytochemicals are also antioxidants, which help to prevent cancer in the body.

The Norfolk 5-A-Day team visit schools and teach children about the benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables as well as giving support to teachers in setting up healthy living projects.

So far, pupils at Fairhaven VA Primary School in South Walsham have started selling fruit smoothies and fresh fruit snacks in their tuckshop after the Norfolk 5-A-Day team came to visit them.

In Norwich, children at Tuckswood First School are learning how to run a playground market and food co-op, selling fresh fruit and vegetables.

Recommended reading
By Sheila McKeown, a librarian at the Millennium Library in Norwich.

Disgusting Digestion: Horrible Science by Nick Arnold. Hippo 1998, ISBN 0590198092.

Food and Your Health by Jillian Powell. Hodder Wayland 2002, ISBN 0750241810.

You can get hold of these books through your local library.

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