15 Dec Kids in the Kitchen
About Our National Program
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.
Program Elements to Date
Inspired by the Junior League of Calgary’s Junior Chefs program, the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative began in 2006 with the goal of engaging kids in the preparation of healthy meals as a means to educate them and their parents regarding nutrition and healthy choices. Junior Leagues in more than 200 locations provide lessons and demonstrations related to preparation of healthy meals and snacks in partnership with local community organizations, chefs and nutritionists. The Association of Junior Leagues International provides guidelines and materials to support the success of these educational and motivational activities and supports the program with a website, www.kidsinthekitchen.org. The website includes bilingual recipes, tips on nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyles as well as an interactive “Kids’ Corner” with an online nutrition game provided by Kids in the Kitchen international sponsor, Cartoon Network.
Junior League of Birmingham, MI
Since its inception in 1952, the Junior League of Birmingham has contributed more than five million dollars and one million volunteer hours to Oakland County. The Junior League of Birmingham, Michigan, Inc. (JLB) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Our vision is to improve children’s health and wellness, specifically by ending the epidemic of childhood obesity that affects one in three children.
In 2010, JLB is holding Kids in the Kitchen expo-style events throughout Oakland County with a focus on empowering young people to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent childhood obesity. JLB hopes to reach over 500 children and families with a target audience of first through third grade students. Examples of the expo exhibitors may include: 10 minute yoga session, create a healthy cookbook, 10 minute martial arts session, make your own trail mix, 10 minute Zumba session, nutrition exhibit, games with a healthy theme, etc.