LOCAL schoolchildren are being encouraged to become Food Dudes by trying new and exotic fruits and veg.
Four Solihull schools have signed up to the international programme which rewards pupils for trying four fruits and four vegetables with different colours, textures and density.
Teachers also eat the same food as the children.
In the second phase, children bring in their favourite fruit and veg, and record what they are eating.
A special Food Dudes week will then be held at the end of the year, packed with fun health eating activities.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said programme aims to change childrens eating habits for life.
"To change childrens diets, its not enough just to give them healthy food, you also have to motivate them to eat and enjoy it, and this programme does just that," he added.
Windy Arbor Junior and Infants, Fordbridge Community, Coleshill Heath and Forest Oak schools are all taking part.
Darrilyn Downes, In-School co-ordinator at Forest Oak, said: "This is a great opportunity to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables and this programme helps children train their taste buds. Eating fruit and vegetables with the Food Dudes is definitely cool at Forest Oak."