Government in healthy eating drive

VegetablesThe Government is ramping up efforts to persuade English families to eat healthier, more affordable meals.

More than a thousand supermarket stores across the country are offering discounts on healthy ingredients such as fruit and veg and low fat yoghurts as part of the Department of Health's Change 4 Life public health campaign.
Four million recipe cards are also being distributed to members of the public, while a recipe finder to help households plan cheaper, more nutritious meals, will launch online.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "Shockingly, research has found that the second most popular evening meal is a sandwich opposed to a balanced meal. This doesn't have to be the case.
%VIRTUAL-ArticleSidebar%

If we plan our meals and shopping we can save money and make healthier choices at mealtimes."
Meanwhile, celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott has published a free cookbook containing a month's worth of popular, healthy recipes which can be created for under £5.

He has also filmed YouTube cooking tutorials which will be posted on the Change 4 Life website as part of the nation-wide Supermeals initiative.

Public Health Minister Anne Milton said: "The New Year is a good time to think about losing weight. The Supermeals campaign will give us all some great ideas for balanced meals on a budget."

Harriott added: "Sometimes the thought of making meals from scratch can seem a bit daunting, but I have always tried to assure people that cooking at home can be really quick, easy and doesn't need to break the bank.

"This campaign is a great way to give people the tools and imagination they need to get back into the kitchen and give cooking a try."

The discounted ingredients will be available at Asda, Co-operative Food and Aldi stores across England.

© 2012 Press Association
Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS