The Sixth Annual Kids in the Kitchen Fair, a signature event of The Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB), will take place Sunday, March 13, from 10am to 2pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. This free “healthy eating and exercise” fair will help educate youth and families about making the right food choices through entertaining lessons and demonstrations, including kid-friendly snack-making stations, fitness challenges, veggie bowling, cereal limbo, a bicycle rodeo, games, music and raffle prizes.
In the past four decades, obesity rates have soared among children of all age groups, and today, nearly 25 million children are overweight or obese. The goal of the Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.
This year’s Kids in the Kitchen event will include major event sponsor Healthy Active Long Beach (a division of the Long Beach Health Department), providing education and fun activities that teach families how to get more fruits and vegetables into their diets.
Also included: Primal Alchemy’s Chef Paul will conduct a healthy food demonstration and tasting; the community Peace Garden will offer tours and teach seed planting; Long Beach Junior Runners (a program of Long Beach Parks and Recreation) will discuss their fitness and nutrition program and lead group exercises; Bike Long Beach will conduct the “Safe Routes to School” bicycle rodeo, teaching children how to bike safely on the street; and Miller Children’s Hospital Childhood Safety Coalition will provide free bike helmets and teach bike-safety techniques.
Additional activities and services will be provided by Prep Kitchen Essentials, Dole, Seafood for the Future, CSULB Dietetic Interns, Mobile Kids Smile and Big Smile dental screenings, Belmont Athletic Club, Long Beach Tennis, Long Beach Fire Safety House, Long Beach School of Music, A Bridge Club, and CalFresh: Food Stamp Enrollment Unit.