February 4, 2012 -- The Junior League of Baltimore's annual Kids in the Kitchen community event took place on February 4, 2012 at Port Discovery in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Sponsors and partners included Kaiser Permanente, IWIF, LifeBridge, Goucher College, and Port Discovery. Kids in the Kitchen was developed as a weapon in the fight against childhood obesity. For more information on the childhood obesity epidemic, visit www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood.
Kids in the Kitchen is a one-day activity that promotes healthy lifestyles, nutrition, and fitness. The Junior League of Baltimore brough nearly 200 elementary school children to Port Discovery for this lively day of fitness and nutrition education. Chef Michael Marx of Miguel's Cocina y Cantina engaged attendees with interactive kid-friendly cooking lessons. Goucher College Women's Soccer Team and Coach Tom of Ravens Youth Kids' Camps directed the kids in soccer and training drills. The Baltimore Ravens' mascot Poe kept the pecking order during the day-long event.
The Kids in the Kitchen Program is part of an international Junior League initiative to combat childhood obesity. Our local program includes a one-day event hosted at Port Discovery offering fun, interactive stations and workshops for more than 1,700 children to learn about health and fitness, with a focus on nutrition. The Junior League of Baltimore along with wonderful partners and sponsors set a great example of how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and combat childhood obesity.
Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen, which launched in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in 2006, addresses the staggering statistic that nearly one-third of children and adolescents in North and South America are at an increased risk of developing Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, numerous ailments related to high cholesterol and social problems that are related to having low self-esteem. The Junior League of Baltimore believes that education and hands-on involvement in healthy meal preparation are the first steps to making a lasting change in our children's future.