Newcastle researchers say a trial of a telephone-based counselling service has proved successful in boosting fruit and vegetable consumption in children.

Four 20 minute phone calls over several months were aimed at giving parents a range of strategies to encourage children, aged between three and five, to eat more fresh produce.

University of Newcastle’s Dr Luke Wolfenden says the ‘Healthy Habits’ program was a great success.

“We found that six months after the intervention both parents themselves and their children were eating more fruits and vegetables,” he said.

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