Health Minister sees Healthy Living Programme in action

Healthy Living Programme at Spar Store

Dundee’s Spar MacAlpine Road was visited by Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing recently (10 May), as Joe FitzPatrick MSP saw first-hand the SGF’s Healthy Living Programme (HLP) in action.

Children from the nearby Ardler Primary School dropped into the Spar store over the course of the day and sampled a variety of fruit and vegetables. Its Headteacher Louise Reid was delighted to take part.

“The store welcomed the pupils and allowed them to sample some fruit and vegetables and see the healthier choices they could be making,” she said. “This allows us to discuss further with the children the day-to-day food choices they make.”

The HLP has been working with convenience retailers since 2004 and highlights fruit, vegetables and healthier products available in stores. It is fully funded by the Scottish Government and aims to connect local schools with convenience retailers. So far it has engaged with over 13,000 school children across the country.

Speaking at the event, the Programme’s Director Kathryn Neil said: “Today was a fantastic opportunity for Mr FitzPatrick to witness first-hand the work that both the Healthy Living team and Spar are undertaking to ensure their future customers are considering their purchases and learning about the benefits of eating a healthier diet.”

Colin McLean, CEO of Spar Scotland, added: “It is very important that we continue to encourage young people to embark on a healthy lifestyle and eat healthily.”