CHILDREN in Kirklees are to start receiving free fruit and vegetables at school.
The move is part of a new Government plan to promote healthy living and cut obesity.
Nearly 250,000 children across Yorkshire will begin receiving free fruit and vegetables at school this autumn.
Every child aged between four and six will be eligible to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day under the Government's £77m National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.
From November 11, apples, bananas and easy-to-peel citrus fruit will be delivered to schools across Kirklees.
Each week, youngsters will get Yorkshire-grown organic carrots from Low House Farm, Aldborough, near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.
The carrots will be washed, cut and shaped into rounded batons at the farm, before being sealed in portion packs and delivered to schoolchildren.
Figures show that one in seven 15-year- olds and one in 12 six-year-olds are obese.
Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to carry weight problems over to adulthood.
This increases the risk of suffering serious illness, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Rosie Denison, public health nutritionist and the scheme's regional co-ordinator, said: "One in five children do not eat any fruit, three in five don't eat any leafy green vegetables and half drink no pure fruit juice."
Four regional co-ordinators will hold briefing sessions for schools.
Health Secretary John Reid said: "Encouraging children in Yorkshire to eat more healthily is vital if we're to tackle the increasing problem of child obesity.
"Obesity has almost trebled in the last two decades and shortens life by as much as nine years."