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The British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association’s youth engagement programme, Get Set to Eat Fresh provides a wealth of educational resources that aim to inspire students to live the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

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The influence of a community is key to helping schools inform a child’s education. Schools often look to outside influences, such as parents and local organisations, to help stimulate new ways of thinking for a pupil. Many organisations and businesses develop an educational outreach programme in order to ensure that key issues, such as nutrition and healthy eating education, are established as an important part of a child’s education, with learnings that will benefit them later in life.

Supermarket chain Aldi, in partnership with Team GB, launched the ‘Get Set to Eat Fresh’ campaign in 2015, committed to improving the healthy eating habits of 1.2 million children by 2020. This year, as part of the programme, they are launching the ‘Design a Bag’ competition, which challenges young people aged five-to-14 to get creative and design a reusable ‘Bag for Life’ that will inspire others to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.

The idea for the competition came from research commissioned by the campaign, undertaken in a bid to understand how education can play a part in developing children’s understanding of the value of nutritious food. Aldi interviewed 1,000 children aged seven-to-14 in the UK to find out about their healthy eating habits. They discovered a drop-off in healthy eating habits between Primary and Secondary school aged children, with 72% of seven-to-eight-year olds likely to eat fruit daily, and only 59% of 13-14-year olds likely to eat fruit daily.

The ‘Design a Bag’ competition is an innovative way for Aldi and Team GB to help start the conversation about healthy eating and nutrition, by encouraging children to put pen to paper and get creative in the classroom.

The competition is now open for entries from students aged 5-14 across England, Scotland and Wales. Entries will come to a close on Friday 4th May, with the winner being selected on Monday 11th June.

Winners of the competition will see their bags in Aldi stores nationwide from September, and will also receive £50 of vouchers to spend in store. Plus, the whole school will receive a special visit from a Team GB athlete and £200 of Aldi vouchers to stock up on kitchen equipment and fresh fruit and veg. As well as this, entries will also be entered into a weekly prize draw to be in with a chance of winning £50 worth of Aldi vouchers to buy fresh ingredients or cooking equipment for the winner’s school.

The competition will be judged by a panel including Team GB’s favourite brothers, Alistair Brownlee and Jonny Brownlee.

Commenting on the competition, Alistair Brownlee said: “The Get Set to Eat Fresh programme is going from strength to strength. The ‘Design a bag’ competition is another great way to get young people thinking about how to eat a healthier diet. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

For more information about Aldi’s partnership with Team GB, visit www.aldi.co.uk. To find out more about the ‘Design a Bag’ competition - including T&Cs - please visit: www.getseteatfresh.co.uk/designabag.

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