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How are schools working to prevent childhood obesity?

With nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 either overweight or obese, schools are taking greater steps to prevent childhood obesity.

More than 200 schools in Leicestershire have their meals prepared by a council-run catering service.

30,000 meals are prepared and transported across the county.

The idea is that the economy of scale will make healthy food more affordable for schools.

Schools hope being involved in the scheme will making healthy eating more affordable. Credit: ITV News Central

Croft Primary School in Leicestershire is among the schools taking part.

We couldn't provide it for ourselves for the costs that we have had to do it for.

School budgets are incredibly tight at the moment.

There is no money in the budget for anything, so to be able to provide children with a hot meal, especially those children that won't get one at night so important every day.

– Trudie Colotto, Headteacher, Croft Primary School
Leicestershire County Council wants to expand its business to other counties. Credit: ITV News Central

The council's catering service is a £13 million business.

There are now plans to expand the business elsewhere in the country - from Warwickshire and Cambridgeshire to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

We work in partnership with all our suppliers, and they understand we want and how we want to grow.

Negotiating deals and buying in bulk can help support the fact that we can do it at a good cost.

– Jackie Manship, Leicestershire Traded Services

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