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number 9 – december 2010 / january 2011


The second edition of the School Fruit Scheme in Italy has just started.
Through this project and others, Alimos aims to help change unhealthy eating habits among primary school children, by promoting aware and ongoing consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Alimos has developed a series of accompanying measures that will be implemented in the next weeks in schools taking part in the project.

Schools will be involved in the following activities (accompanying measures):

Theme Events (measure 1), visits to teaching farms (measure 2), school gardens (measure 3), material to help boost the consumption of fruit and vegetables (measure 4), informative material (measure 5).

•(1) In order to promote healthy eating habits, professional entertainers will involve children in various activities and theatre shows. Besides the handing out of fruits and vegetables during the day, the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies will provide video material to be shown during the events. The main goal of this measure is to involve children, teachers and parents in a school day party.

• (2) Children will take active part in several activities organised in teaching farms, production plants, botanical gardens, farmers’ markets, food or farming museums. The goal of the activities is to show children where fruits and vegetables come from and give them a insight of the farming world.

•(3) To explain children the origin of fruits and vegetables, schools will be able to grow their own garden (provided they have a suitable space); they will have the chance to follow the teaching laboratory “Ortolando”, carried out by experts in the farming field and play a fun learning game called “Il Gioco di Lando” (Lando’s Game). This measure aims at promoting the green culture as well as the culture of healthy eating at school.

•During theme events, visits to teaching farms, handing out of fruits and vegetables, all children will receive the “Fruit and Vegetable Memory” (4) a game they can play on their own, with their parents or their teachers; and a brochure containing information of local fruit or vegetable varieties (5).


The second edition of the “School Fruit Scheme” has kicked off in 10 regions of Italy (Liguria, Piemonte, Emilia-Romagna, Toscana, Umbria, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata) with major companies supplying schools with fruits and vegetables.
On this occasion, some of the most important companies of the fruit and vegetables field (Apofruit, Apo Conerpo, Apot, Naturitalia, Alegra, VOG Products, Orogel Fresco) have joined together into a syndacate to maximise the quality of the service and product supplied. Schools of Molise and Basilicata will start receiving products starting from the new year.



Frutta Snack, the project aimed at replacing unhealthy snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables, is ongoing and has just received from the UAMI the Community Certificate of Trade Mark Registration. Currently, oranges, mandarins and other fresh season fruits are available for students in the vending machines.

See also




Vegetables: better raw, cooked or frozen?

As usual, Alessandra Bordoni, Professor of Food Science and Dietetics at the Department of Agriculture of the University of Bologna, will answer our questions on food education.

How should we eat vegetables? raw or cooked? How should we cook them? What about frozen vegetables?

Some nutrients contained in fruits and vegetables are thermolabile, that means they are subject to destruction in response to heat. This reaction is not common to all nutrients (for example fibre) although the concentration of certain vitamins and antioxidants can be reduced from cooking. The degree of reduction depends on the nutrient’s sensitivity to heat, on the quantity of heat used and the length of exposure to it. […] (Read all)

Alimos wishes you
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year


E-learning training course for teaching farms

The online courses for operators of teaching farms, developed by Alimos at the end of October, are still ongoing. The course is made up of 8 video lessons on how to welcome and teach children in the farm and by a course handout including examples of activities to carry out with children.

Download the programme and the registration form.


Still available the learning kit “Merenda a colori – what a colourful snack”

 Merenda a colori is a recreational learning programme for primary school teachers and children. Its main goal is to encourage children’s willingness to taste new food and to promote a positive relationship with it.

The learning kit is made up of: a teacher’s guide; a video course (DVD); a “mysterious story” introducing the game; a map; cardboard templates to cut out in order to build a full set of armour.




Teaching children how to eat healthy


Fun learning activities on the topic of farming


 Den Bosch, Thursday 20th January 2011

First International Soft Fruit Conference in Holland



Rimini, 22nd/26th January 2011
32nd International Exhibition of Artisan Production of Gelato, Pastry, Confectionery and Bakery



Alimos official website


Alimos e-learning website.


Teaching Farms’ website.


Website of the Frutta Snack project.


Alimos is on Facebook.


Alimos Brochure

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