Plans for new healthy eating initiative

Leeds Beckett University

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Students have no more excuses for unhealthy eating, thanks to a new scheme in Leeds which has been encouraging more people to buy from local markets.

The Student Box offers a weekly delivery of a big box of healthy goodies and essentials to ensure students are able to eat sensibly and on a budget. All goods are from Leeds Kirkgate Market, as an attempt to help struggling market traders and to also keep people buying local produce. Amongst the goods included in the Student Box are milk, bread, cheese, fruit and veg, essentials like tinned goods, rice and pasta, as well as links to videos with nutritious recipes to cook.

Dave Fisher, who came up with the idea, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I love local traditional markets and am always looking for new ways to make them more accessible. Most cities that have markets also have University students so the idea was already there in the back of my head to do a delivery service especially for them. I was at a freshers fair a year ago and got talking to a few of them about the benefits of shopping at their local market and cooking with fresh produce.”

The Box has launched exclusively in Leeds and has been available since March, and Dave says he is looking to expand to other cities in the north of England - Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Sheffield.

He said he is also in talks with Leeds Beckett University and that they will also be running healthy eating events in student accommodation throughout the 2015/16 academic year.

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