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Last Updated: Thursday June 18 2009 15:54 GMT

Pupils tell takeaways to get healthier

Newsround's Maddy with some of the pupils who've been trying to persuade their local takeaways to offer healtheir options

Maddy meets the kids who want their takeaways to be healthier

Tucking into takeaways isn't always the healthiest option, but pupils in London are hoping to change that by getting them to cook up healthier treats.

Pupils in east London have been going into local burger bars, curry houses and pizza places to ask the owners to add healthier options to their menus.

Any that agree to cut down on fat and offer things like salads and extra veg get a special certificate of approval.

It's thought to be the first pupil-power scheme of its kind in Britain.

If it's a success in Newham, organisers hope the idea can be used across the UK.

Newsround's Maddy tucking into one takeaway's healthy option choice

One in four 10 and 11-year-olds in the Newham area are overweight, partly because of the amount of junk food they eat.

Jessica, 14, from Eastlea Community School, said: "When I eat loads of sugar I get back to the classroom and feel really hyper.

"It's a different feeling with healthy food. We have to think about our future and that's why we are doing this scheme. No-one likes being teased for being fat."

Pupil power

So far it seems the scheme is working well. Teacher Paul Williams said loads of shopkeepers had already been persuaded by pupils to make a healthy change.

"There may have been the odd raised eyebrow but now they seem to understand where we are coming from," he said.

"Our pupils are naturally bright and bubbly. With healthier food there'll be no stopping them!"



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