JLLB’s 4th Annual Kids In The Kitchen

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kids-in-the-kitchenIn conjunction with National Nutrition Month in March, the Junior League of Long Beach celebrated its 4th annual childhood obesity and nutrition education initiative, Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen. The program that works to empower children to adopt a healthy lifestyle, took place Saturday, March 21 from 10am to 1pm at the Vons at 1820 Ximeno Avenue in Long Beach. Local children and their parents joined members of the Junior League in a fun-filled day of entertaining lessons and demonstrations related to the preparation of healthful meals and snacks that are both tasty and affordable.

The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative responds to the staggering statistic that nearly one-third of children and adolescents in North and South America will be overweight by 2010, a condition that puts them at increased risk of contracting Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and numerous other ailments related to obesity including self-esteem issues. Also, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this will be the first generation of children not to outlive their parents.

The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative aims to make an impact in addressing urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition in communities across the country. By educating the public at a grassroots level, the Junior League of Long Beach will offer practical solutions that families might easily adopt. Kids in the Kitchen is an event that encourages kids to live a healthy lifestyle by providing resources for child based exercise and nutrition education for healthy eating habits. The event will include fitness demonstrations, fresh food cooking stations, veggie bowling, nutrition limbo, an obstacle course, a jump rope contest, and many other fun activities. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to go on a tour through Vons, learning how to select the best foods for our bodies.

Since the inception of its Kids in the Kitchen campaign in 2006, over 240 Junior Leagues have implemented local initiatives based on the belief that hands-on learning is the first step in addressing the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity. The Kids in the Kitchen initiative builds upon The Junior League legacy of helping children and transforming communities, which has been the Mission of Junior League volunteers since the first League was founded in 1901. 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.

For more information about the Junior League of Long Beach visit the JLLB website.

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