Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says this year’s expansion of the Fruit in Schools programme is seeing a record volume of fresh produce delivered to 547 schools across the country, benefitting more than 100,000 students. “Healthy eating helps fuel the body and the brain, that’s why the Fruit in Schools programme is so beneficial to students,” says Coleman. “Fruit in Schools complements the Childhood Obesity Plan. New Zealand is one of the first OECD countries to have a target and a comprehensive plan to tackle childhood obesity.” Following the Ministry of Education’s decile funding changes, all existing schools have remained in the Fruit in Schools programme. So far this year more than 11 million pieces of produce have been served up to kids in schools across the country. Schools sample up to 24 different types of fruit or vegetable during the year.