Kids in the Kitchen is designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. JLCU’s Kids in the Kitchen project is developed, organized and staffed by the New Member Class each spring.
Junior League of Champaign-Urbana launched their annual childhood obesity and nutrition education initiative Kids in the Kitchen on February 22, 2013 and April 19, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in Champaign, IL. KITK is designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition.
Students from the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club join members of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana to learn the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. The students are divided into two groups and rotate between two focus areas- fitness and healthy eating.
For the fitness portion of the event, students are taught physical activities and the benefits of exercising. These
activities demonstrate to the students that fitness can be fun and can be done in almost any setting.
Five Star Sales Co. is partnering with Junior League to support the initiative of fighting against childhood obesity. They will be supplying the food for the students to gain more knowledge about nutrition. The students will learn how to make a healthy and easy snack. They will also learn about various vitamins and minerals found in various foods and how they benefit from them.
Since the inception of the Kids in the Kitchen campaign in 2006, over 250 Junior Leagues have implemented local initiatives based on the belief that education 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 with nutrition issues, which has been one of the many focuses of Junior League volunteers since the first League was founded in 1901.