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An apple a day the Sussex way

Free fruit is being handed out to children in Sussex schools every day as part of a government drive to promote healthy eating.

Every four to six-year-old in council-run schools in the county will be eligible for the scheme, which was launched after a nationwide survey revealed just 4 per cent of children ate the recommended five portions of fruit or vegetables a day.

The Department for Education and Skills described the move as the biggest improvement to childhood nutrition since the introduction of free school milk.

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