TWO primary schools have introduced breakfast clubs as part of a scheme to promote a healthier lifestyle in Rushmoor's needy areas.

Children at Farnbor-ough's Grange Infant School tuck into cereals, toast and fruit, and pupils at Aldershot's Park Primary School enjoy a cooked breakfast.

The children are always ready for the breakfast because they catch the morning "walking bus" which follows a regular route and is supervised by parents.

Before going to the classroom, the youngsters take part in group activities based on nutrition, dental care and play.

Both breakfast clubs are part of a healthy living project which is being financed from a National Lottery handout totalling £782,304.

Mrs Aghdas Cullen, Healthy Rushmoor Co-ordinator (sic - see below), said: "We have introduced these clubs to try to ensure pupils are well nourished before starting the day.

"Until now, because their parents are in a rush, some have had just a chocolate bar which doesn't meet their dietary needs."

The "walking bus" and breakfast clubs have also reduced absenteeism and ensured children arrived for school on time.

"We also find that the children are more alert and less stressed," said Mrs Aghdas.

Between 10 and 15 youngsters at each school belong to the clubs.