The Junior Leaguers are now marshaling their considerable talents toward educating children ages 9-11 on how to make healthy lifestyle choices with their "Kids in the Kitchen" program to be held at the Martha O'Bryan Center on April 2. Researchers say that African-American kids born in 2000 stand a 1-in-2 chance of developing Type II diabetes during their lives, most of them before they are 18. Specifically, they blame high fructose corn syrup along with soda and "fruit" drinks. This event will target 300 of the city's most at-risk kids to inform them about the health dangers of sugar.
There will be 10 activity stations for the kids, including a make-your-own-trail-mix station, hula-hooping and jump-roping stations to teach them about the value of being more active, water and portion-size stations to help them make informed choices when picking their food and drink options, body image and dental hygiene stations, and a food pyramid station staffed by local dietitians.
WKRN's Julie Kroenig will host a "Two Foods Game Show" where children will be challenged to choose the healthier option between two foods. Also, tayst chef Jeremy Barlow will coach the kids to create a healthy dish out of random ingredients in an Iron Chef-like challenge.
Kids in the Kitchen is a national Junior League initiative, and you can read more about it here. But I'll bet any other KITC event in the country would be hard-pressed to put together a better slate of volunteers and experts than our local edition. Hats off to the local Leaguers!