Benalmádena town hall has launched a new initiative to encourage children to eat more fruit in an attempt to raise awareness of the dangers of obesity. The scheme, which will be aimed at all schools in the municipality, was launched on Friday during the 35th Día de la Fruta (Fruit Day).
The Health and Education departments have joined forces for a series of programmes that will promote healthy lifestyle habits among youngsters.
"With this initiative we want to recommend that students swap their break-time snack for a piece of fruit," explained councillor for Health, Alicia Laddaga
The Spanish COSI (Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative) data shows that more than 40 per cent of children in Spain between the ages of six and nine years are overweight and that 18 per cent are obese.