YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to give up crisps and chocolate and start eating more fruit.

Children at Hartburn Primary School, Stockton, have been taking part in a week-long healthy eating initiative, which is to encourage them to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

During the week, they have been trying different fruits, making artwork on a fruit and vegetable theme and writing healthy recipes for a book.

Tonight, parents have been invited to the school to try healthy food cooked by two chefs.

One will be using a microwave and the other, an oven to show parents how they can create a healthy meal for the family.

Children will be spending the coming weeks recording their eating habits.