Media Release: Junior League of Dayton hosts Kids in the Kitchen event

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League members to teach local families about the importance of children participating in the cooking process.

04-15-2009 (Dayton, OH) - WHAT: The Junior League of Dayton will participate in the YMCA of Greater Dayton's Healthy Kids Days as part of their international childhood obesity and nutrition education initiative, Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen. Local children are invited to learn about the importance of eating healthy and participate in the cooking process with their families.

WHY: The Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen initiative with The Children's Medical Center of Dayton is in response to the alarming statistics that nearly one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight[1] and that childhood obesity has been shown to be the leading cause of many health issues including pediatric hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.[2]

The Junior League believes education in local communities is the first step to raising awareness and attempting to reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.

Kids are more likely to eat meals they have a hand in preparing. Involve children in the preparation of food by making it fun and giving them tasks they can handle. Parents should also try to eat in a healthy manner because kids learn from their example.

WHEN: The Junior League of Dayton will join children and their families at the YMCA of Greater Dayton's Healthy Kids Days at the following locations:

April 18, 2009
Coffman YMCA
88 Remick Blvd
Springboro, OH
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

April 25, 2009
West Carrollton YMCA
900 S. Alex Road
West Carrollton, OH
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Contact: Jessica Saunders at Dayton Children's at 641-3385 or saundersj@childrensdayton.org.

About the Junior League of Dayton:
The Junior League of Dayton is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Dayton reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism. For more information about the Junior League of Dayton and the Kids in the Kitchen program, go to www.jldayton.org.

For more information, contact:
Marketing Communications Department
Phone: 937-641-3666
marketing@childrensdayton.org

 

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