Food Dudes is a programme developed by the University of Wales, Bangor, to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tastings of fruit and veg and rewards. It is ultimately designed to enable children to enjoy eating healthy diets, and to create a healthy eating culture within schools.
Our Lady of Victories Girls' School was one of a number of schools that was chosen to take part in the Food Dudes programme this year. Here is a short description on how the programme works.
Everything kicked off on Wednesday the 2nd of October 2013. The children were introduced to the Food Dudes characters through a DVD and a letter sent from the Dudes themselves.
On days 1 to 4 the children were provided with a different fruit and vegetable every day. They were encouraged to taste these foods and rewarded with a small prize after doing so.
Day 1: Tomatoes and apple slices
Day 2: Carrot sticks and raisins
Day 3: Mixed peppers and bananas
Day 4: Cucumber and oranges
After this, on days 5 to 16, the children are exposed to the same fruit and vegetables 3 more times.
The reasoning behind this is based on the repeated tasting principal, which involves eating the same foods on a number of occasions to develop a taste and liking for them.
During days 5 to 16 the children must eat a full portion of both the fruit and vegetable to receive their prize.
A full portion can be described as the amount of food that fits into a cupped hand.
More information can be found on the food dudes website at