Leeds Rhinos stars visit school on healthy eating mission

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Children in Morley met two rugby stars after tackling a healthy eating competition.

Youngsters at Newlands Primary School beat off competition to win the Smart Swaps healthy eating challenge.

They met Leeds Rhinos players Ash Handley and Robbie Ward after winning the competition.

The event was run by Leeds City Council and Leeds Rhinos to encourage families to ditch unhealthy snacks.

Janet Munro, healthy schools coordinator at the school said: “Mums and dads want a healthy diet for their children and we’ve been delighted to help encourage the children to take up the challenge.

“It has been great to see the children do so well and we were delighted to have the Rhinos come along to school as a reward.”

One in 10 children in the city are overweight, according to data from the council.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, chair of Leeds health and wellbeing board, said: “Leeds has been doing really well in recent Smart Swap campaigns, and I was delighted to hear about the amazing efforts made by the children at Morley Newlands Primary school to eat more healthily.

“It is great that alongside thousands of other individuals and families around the city, they are heading in the right direction to live longer, healthier lives by ditching unhealthy snacks and swapping to alternatives which are just as tasty, but also better for them.”

For more information about the competition, visit www.leedsletschange.co.uk/smartswap