Two families from Aberdeen have been recognised as the first in Scotland to complete a new government healthy eating campaign.
Supported by North-east charity CFINE, mum-of-three Kelly Brown, along with husband Nicholas, took up the challenge of improving their diet and overall health with the Eat Better Feel Better campaign.
Kelly said she has previously struggled to feed her children Jack, 11, Dylan, 14, and Danielle, 17, a balanced diet.
She said: “We thought why not give it a go as our kids can be quite fussy and when I try and get them to try different things it can be a waste of money if they don’t like what we buy.
“The family all really enjoyed the challenge; we all tried something we hadn’t eaten before and I got to cook different types of foods.
“The best thing about it was my son Jack has discovered his love for courgettes which are now a staple of his diet.”
Julie-Anne Croft, 30, and her husband Rob, 32, also decided to try the challenge as they thought this could be a good way to introduce different vegetables to their three-year-old son John.
She said: “The challenge was a positive experience for us all and definitely a great way for us to talk to John about how good vegetables are for you. He was really excited to touch and learn more about vegetables and did really well trying them when I made dishes like soup.”
It is hoped the Scottish Government’s Eat Better Feel Better campaign will improve the health outlook for young people in the North-east, with a 2015/16 report of primary one body mass index revealing 23.6% of primary ones in Aberdeenshire are currently at risk of becoming either overweight or obese.
In Aberdeen 21.8% of primary ones fell into this category with 22.7% in Moray.
Christine McLean, development worker at CFINE, said: “We’ve been supporting the Eat Better Feel Better campaign since it first launched so we jumped at the chance to get families to take on the vegetable challenge.
“We are extremely proud of them and will keep supporting them in their journey.”