Kids in the Kitchen

Since the early 1970's, the number of overweight children ages 12-19 in the United States has doubled, and the number of overweight children ages 6-11 has tripled. Today, this issue is considered by many the number one risk to children's health.

Kids in the Kitchen is an AJLI project designed to promote healthy lifestyles for children around the world in an effort to battle childhood obesity.

For the past 5 years, the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club in Schenectady to create a program which promotes fitness, cooking and nutrition.

The Junior League 2016 – 2017 Provisional class is comprised of seven hard-working, independent women from many various backgrounds have been working diligently in the past few months to develop and implement this community project that addresses childhood obesity in the area through education and hands-on activity. 

The JLSS Provisional Class has developed a one hour long educational and activity session, in which students will learn about healthy eating, prepare a snack with healthy ingredients, and participate in a small fitness activity. This session will encourage children and young adults to find ways to make the food they eat healthier and understand the importance of remaining active throughout the day.

The provisional class is visiting three after school programs– Schenectady City Schools, Schuylerville Central School, and Stillwater Central School.

They will present to 75 students total between grades 3 and 8. They are partnering with Price Chopper, Fresh Market, and a local independent nutritionist for educational and food resources. The first presentation is slated for March 13th in Schenectady School District, with others to follow in April.

For more information about the Association of Junior Leagues International's Kids in the Kitchen initiative, please visit their website at www.kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org.