Children and their families make ‘Fruity’ Friday a success
The Paediatric Dietetic team at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust were out in force on ‘Fruity’ Friday to encourage children and their families to eat more fruit.
The Paediatric Dietetic team used the day to promote the eating of fruit in a fun way using colourful displays and involving children in their own smoothie making as well as demonstrating the versatility of fruit as an ingredient in a variety of weird and wonderful mini muffins. ‘Feely boxes’ were also provided for children to guess the fruit type; fruit pictures for colouring and a raffled fruit hamper as a fundraiser for the World Cancer Research Fund.
Elaine Greenman, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian said: “It was fantastic to see children touching, licking, tasting and even eating fruit they had never tried before and seeing their delight when drinking their milk based fruit smoothie created by their own fair hands.
“Our team would like to thank the Children’s Outpatients departments and the on-site Nurseries for their help in bringing this health promotion together and thanks also to the children and their families who supported it, and helped make the day so successful and so much fun.
“We would also like to thank the generous donations from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose as we were able to display a variety of fruit types in all formats; frozen, canned, fresh and baked to demonstrate fruit doesn’t have to be expensive or of a short shelf life to be included in our daily diet.”
The ‘Fruity Friday’ campaign is run by the World Cancer Research Fund UK which aims to increase public awareness of the links between diet, nutrition and cancer prevention.