LOCAL schoolchildren are being taught a thing or two about how to keep fit and healthy.

The scheme to teach youngsters the importance of good health is being tested in 55 primary schools in Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, York, Bradford and North Yorkshire.

It was devised by Phunky Foods - part of a Harrogate company - to tackle the growing obesity among schoolchildren.

A team of dieticians and nutritionists came up with the 39-week programme of healthy eating and physical activity lesson plans for every year group.

The programme aims to teach children key healthy eating and physical activity messages in a fun style.

They use art, drama, music, play and hands-on experience with food.

The Phunky Foods team also trains all classroom staff in the basics of healthy eating and physical activity.

Phunky Foods is part of the Purely Nutrition company.

The pilot year of the programme is so far proving a success and the company hopes to eventually expand the scheme nationwide.

Cash is being arranged for every school in Yorkshire to take part.

The scheme, subsidised by Northern Foods, is free to schools that sign up before the end of May.

For more information, phone Phunky Foods on 01423 858123.