Wednesday, 16 March 2011

5-A-DAY boost for Whitton

Children from Nelson Primary School will officially open the borough’s first ‘Change4Life’ shop next week in Whitton.
The Change4Life Convenience Store campaign is run by the Department of Health (DoH) in partnership with local Councils to make it easier for all parts of the community to eat healthily.
Costcutter in Whitton was the first store in the borough to sign up. They have agreed to sell a wider range of fruit and vegetables and prominently display the produce. In return, the DoH has provided funding to buy food chillers and stands, as well as providing advice about maximising profits, minimising waste and promoting the produce to the local community.
To mark the opening, children from nearby Nelson Primary School, visited the shop on its opening day to learn more about the importance of eating fresh fruit and vegetables.
Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said:
“We all know that eating healthily is a good thing, but we also need to make it easier for people to actually buy fruit and vegetables near where they live. These stores are all about making quality, healthy food more accessible and affordable and the NHS-Council partnership is working hard to make this happen.
“We hope that once Whitton residents know that they can buy quality fresh fruit and vegetables locally they will find it that little bit easier to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families"
CostCutter Manager, Vijay, said:
"I'm really proud to be the manager of Whitton’s own Change 4 Life convenience store. We will be working hard to encourage people in the community to pick up some healthy food when they’re doing their shopping".