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Evaluation of the National School Fruit Scheme

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Evaluation of the National School Fruit Scheme

Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is a national priority. A key feature of the Governments prevention strategy to reduce early deaths from cancer and coronary heart disease is action to improve diet and nutrition. This includes action to reduce fat, sugar and salt in the diet, and to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. The Government's national 5-a-day programme forms part of the strategy to raise awareness of the benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption. Current recommendations are that everyone should eat at least five portions of a variety fruit and vegetables each day, to reduce the risks of many chronic diseases. One aspect of the 5-a-day programme is the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS), which provides every child aged 4-6 in nursery and infant schools with a free piece of fruit each school day.


By NFER, UK.


Education Policy Resource.


National Accounts of Well-being: bringing real wealth onto the balance sheet

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National Accounts of Well-being: bringing real wealth onto the balance sheet

It has long been recognised that GDP – the standard measure of national income, relied on by politicians and commentators to assess the progress of nations – fails as a meaningful measure of social progress. It values only crude increases in income and takes no account of how fairly resources are distributed or the social and environmental damage caused by growth. A growing range of academics, commentators and politicians have been calling for new measures of progress. Now, nef has responded by producing the first ever National Accounts of Well-being.


By NEF, UK.


Education Policy Resource.