JLLB Sixth Annual Kids in the Kitchen Fair-Sunday, March 13th

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6th Annual Junior League of Long Beach Kids Healthy Eating and Exercise FairCouncilman Dee Andrews invites residents to the Sixth Annual Kids in the Kitchen Fair, a signature event of The Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB) that will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. This free healthy eating and exercise fair will help educate youth and families about making healthy food choices. Local children and their families are invited to participate in this fun-filled day of entertaining lessons and demonstrations, including kid-friendly snack making stations, fitness challenges, veggie bowling, cereal limbo, a bicycle rodeo, games, music and raffle prizes.

Over the past four decades, obesity rates have soared among children of all age groups, and today, nearly 25 million children are overweight or obese.  The goal of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.

This year’s Kids in the Kitchen event will include major event sponsor Healthy Active Long Beach (a division of the Long Beach Health Department), providing education and fun activities that teach families how to get more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Notable participating sponsors include: Primal Alchemy – Chef Paul will hold a healthy food demonstration and tasting; the community Peace Garden will offer tours and teach seed planting; Long Beach Jr. Runners (a program of Long Beach Parks and Recreation) will discuss their fitness and nutrition program and lead group exercises; Bike Long Beach will conduct the “Safe Routes to School” bicycle rodeo, teaching children how to bike safely on the street; and Miller Children’s Hospital Childhood Safety Coalition will provide free bike helmets and teach bike safety techniques. Additional activities and services will be provided by: 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews, Prep Kitchen Essentials, Dole, Seafood for the Future, CSULB Dietetic Interns, Mobile Kids Smile and Big Smile dental screenings, Belmont Athletic Club, Long Beach Tennis, Long Beach Fire Safety House, Long Beach School of Music, A Bridge Club, and CalFresh: Food Stamp Enrollment Unit.

The Sixth Annual Kids in the Kitchen Fair is Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue, in Long Beach.

For more details about the 6th Annual JLLB Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Eating and Exercise Fair, visit www.jllb.com or call (562) 989-6400.

About the Junior League of Long Beach
The Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The Junior League of Long Beach has been a driving force behind initiatives and institutions that make our community a healthier, more vital place to live. Since 1931, the JLLB has worked with the community to identify needs, raise funds, and design sustainable projects. Nearly 500 members strong, the Junior League of Long Beach reaches out to all women, regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin, who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

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