Healthy eating project that involved more than 1,600 people in Hartlepool hailed a success

Stuart White (rear right) cordinator "can you dig it" project with members in Cafe 177.
Stuart White (rear right) cordinator "can you dig it" project with members in Cafe 177.

A HEALTHY eating project involving more than 1,600 people in the town including 14 schools has been hailed as a huge success.

The Can You Dig It Project has been running in the town over the past two years, helping hundreds of primary school youngsters to understand the benefits of healthy eating and giving them the chance to grow their own vegetables.

Six town primary schools have now created their own ‘growing areas’, while others have had the opportunity to take part in various cookery courses.

The project has also enabled 212 families to take part in healthy eating workshops, a “tremendous achievement”, beamed project coordinator Stuart White, from Headland Future, the town charity, based in Abbey Street, which has been running the initiative

“The project has been fantastic, we are absolutely delight with the way it has gone,” said Stuart.

“We have created the veg growing areas in schools which are great, the children can all benefit from them.

“Hopefully the children and families can take what they have learnt from the project.

“We have looked at tackling obesity issues but also breaking down barriers of food and helping children to get certain healthy foods in their diet.”

The project, which has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Local Food programme, has now come to an end.

A celebration event for all those who have been involved was held in Cafe One77, in York Road, earlier this week.

“We are very proud of the way the project has helped people in the community,” added Stuart.

“The celebration event was our way of saying thankyou to the volunteers, the staff, the children, families, everyone who has played a part.

“I would like to thank all of the schools and groups who have helped the project and to the students at Hartlepool College of Further Education, who have been fantastic offering us their support.”