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Joe FitzPatrick MSP and Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing visited SPAR MacAlpine Road, Dundee on 10 May. The appointment coincided with the promotion of the SGF Healthy Living Programme which connects local schools with convenience retailers, such as SPAR, by providing healthy produce tastings in-store.

Colin Mc Lean, CEO of SPAR Scotland said: “We are supportive of the SGF Healthy Living Programme and were delighted to welcome Minister Joe FitzPatrick to SPAR MacAlpine Road. It is very important that we continue to encourage young people to embark on a healthy lifestyle and eat healthily.”

The SGF Healthy Living Programme has been working with convenience retailers since 2004 and highlights fruit, vegetables and healthier products available in stores.

The programme is fully funded by the Scottish Government and aims to connect local schools with convenience retailers.  So far they have engaged with over 13,000 school children across the country.

Kathryn Neil, Director of SGF Healthy Living Programme 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”.

Children from the Ardler Primary School dropped into the store over the course of the day and sampled a variety of fruit and vegetables.

Louise Reid, Headteacher at Ardler Primary School said: “I was delighted when the Healthy Living Programme approached us and asked to if we would take part in the Healthy Living Day.

“Our school is at the heart of the community and we are delighted to engage with our local SPAR store.

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