IT’S a new term and a new wholesome way of life at one Kirklees school.

Clough Head School cook Jo Mosby doesn’t have to go far for the organic vegetables – she just pops out into the garden.

For the 58 youngsters at the Bolster Moor school have their own vegetable garden where they grow potatoes, leeks, lettuce, onions, beans, peas and parsley – to name but a few.

The school won a Yorkshire Water competition to win a tiered vegetable garden.

So cook Jo now just looks out of the window to see what needs harvesting.

Headteacher Claire Kenworthy said: “We have a gardening club at the school which the children are very involved with. Over the summer we set up a rota so parents came up to water the crops.’’

The club is co-ordinated by Alison Hayes from Marsden.

“Jo either picks the crop as and when she needs them or asks the children to do it. So, if she’s cooking fish, she’ll ask them to pick some parsley.

“Everything is organic.’’

Change4Life which has featured prominently in the Examiner over the last couple of months.

The concept is that modern life makes it hard to eat healthy food and get enough exercise.

This means we can end up with too much fat in out bodies, putting us at greater risk of type two diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Children are particularly vulnerable because unhealthy habits can turn into health problems when they’re adults.

So with the new school year well underway, why not make a fresh effort to get the kids – and the whole family – into good health habits that will hopefully stay with them for life?

Across Kirklees there are all sorts of initiatives taking place in schools, from healthy eating schemes to new resources for teachers.

And mums and dads can do their bit by packing the kids off to school with a healthy lunchbox, swapping sugary snacks for fresh or dried fruit or adding vegetable sticks with a dip instead of crisps.

Try banana sandwiches, oatcakes with red Leicester cheese and cherry tomatoes, homemade ciabatta pizza, or edam, ham and lettuce pitta pocket.

For snacks go for low-fat fruit yoghurt, box of raisins, stewed apple and blackberry crumble to be washed down with drinks like semi-skimmed milk, smoothies or fruit juice.

At home, parents can encourage a varied diet by increasing the amount of colour on their child’s plate and introducing vegetables to favourite dishes like pizzas and lasagne.

Families can also make mealtime more appealing by making it a social occasion and encouraging the kids to help prepare new foods.

There are plenty of schemes available to give families a helping hand in improving their lifestyles.

The Kirklees MEND programme is part of a national initiative which has already helped 10,000 families improve their diets and activity levels.

The sessions include practical advice on making healthier choices, a supermarket tour and food tasting.