WEE County youngsters learned a whole lot about making healthy food choices last week.

Children at Tillicoultry Primary School were given the opportunity to pick up a few tips on nutrition during a fun-filled event.

Youngsters from every class dropped in on Greens of Tillicoultry for a healthy living day on Monday, June 26.

They headed along to the High Street outlet to learn about making good food choices and to taste a few samples.

According to Rod Carlin, store manager, promoting healthy eating is very much part of the ethos of the retailer.

He said the youngsters were happy, enthusiastic and keen to participate in the activities.

He said: "From our point of view it's been a roaring success because the school is happy and the kids had a good day.

"I think it was a fantastic day. I was really impressed with the kids and the way they behaved.

"I was also impressed with the way they interacted with everybody, the whole team."

The outing was arranged by teacher Sarah Spawton, along with the retailer, and the SGF Healthy Living Programme.

Kathryn Neil, field manager for the organisation, and some of her team spoke to the children about food and nutrition.

They were also given the chance to go on a treasure hunt, tacking down and detecting the healthy options on offer in store.

In addition, they gave their tastebuds a treat by trying a variety of different snacks, such as apples, oranges, strawberries and pineapple.

The purpose of the get-together was to show children that there are alternatives to things like crisps and confectionary.

The youngsters were also given a free gym bag with a bottle of water and a fridge magnet inside, which had information about sugar on it, to take away.

The event was the first in a line of community engagement activities for the Tilly shop, which would also like to start a healthy breakfast club with the school.

It has launched a fruit club for the pupils, which will see them secure a free piece of fruit, after buying a piece on four consecutive days.

The event held last week was sponsored by A.G Barr, Nisa and Natural Balance Foods.