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Free fruit and veg for Canary school-children 

Health chiefs with the Canary Government have pledged to continue educating the young about decent diets and an active lifestyle in a bid to avoid obesity and diabetes.

Health Minister José Manuel Baltar said they were delighted with the success of a new programme which has introduced tastings of fruit and vegetables to more than 300 education centres.

This is in a bid to encourage children aged between three and 12 to eat them rather than unhealthy snacks.

Sr. Baltar said the Ministry of Health had been working since 2004 on actions and programmes for the prevention and attention to obesity, focusing mainly on childhood obesity, since the most effective actions for the prevention of different risk factors such as diabetes 1, obesity and dyslipidemia are those that are incorporated into the lifestyle from childhood.

He also stressed that the Canary Islands has been a pioneer in the development of a Health Strategy following the recommendations made by the United Nations in 2011.