Annually since 2006, the JLHB has joined over 200 other Junior Leagues
in four countries to address the urgent issues surrounding childhood
obesity and poor nutrition. Childhood obesity is a global health issue
that has grown at an astonishing rate. One in four Canadian children
is overweight. Obese children are more likely to have longer-ranging
health problem such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, type 2
diabetes, asthma attacks and kidney problems. Overweight and obesity
are also associated with poor self-esteem and depression. Kids in the Kitchen
is a unique and interactive program, designed to empower children to
make healthy lifestyle choices. Spearheaded by the Association of Junior Leagues International
, it builds upon a heritage of impact
Junior Leagues have had on family nutrition for the past 108 years. The
program, which the Junior League of Calgary
started as Junior Chefs in 2001, is now being offered by the JLHB and
other independent Junior Leagues in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Proudly, in 2011, Canada's 'Looneyspoons Sisters', Janet and Greta Podleski, have joined the Canadian campaign. Read more about their involvement.
As kids are more likely to eat meals they have had a hand in preparing. Kids in the Kitchen involves children in the preparation of meals that are tasty and affordable, by making it fun and giving them tasks they can handle. The program also promotes the benefits of family dining. Recent studies indicate that family dining improves the dietary habits of children.
Junior Leagues also offer a comprehensive Kids in the Kitchen website that features kid-friendly, nutritious recipes from celebrities, chefs and athletes and an educational interactive game provided by Cartoon Network. Kids and their parents can also access nutrition and exercise tips and nutritional quizzes.
JLHB Local Activities
April 16, 2011
Members of our Junior League, together with Kids Can Cook
, headed to Halton Women's Place, a local shelter for abused women and their children, to teach the children and moms about the importance of proper nutrition and regular exercise.
With Easter around the corner, Chocolate Banana Muffin with Chocolate Drizzle were on the menu. Healthy eating and cooking techniques were emphasized as the muffins were made from scratch and each participant meticulously measured and combined the fresh ingredients. While the muffins baked and to round out the day, the children painted wooden spoons to create chicks or bunnies with glue, feathers and sparkles. The children also received goody bags with skipping ropes, other fitness items and additional healthy snacks.
During the mornings activities, a teenage boy whose mother had never baked with her son was overhead saying "Mom, we can make muffins at our new place"
. Another mother tried some veggie chips, which were on hand as a snack item and commented "I thought I wouldn't like then, but they were good!"
The JLHB New Members were creative and compassionate whether feeding a baby a bottle or helping to stir muffin mix. The comments heard throughout the morning made it clear that their the women and children staying at the shelter enjoyed working along side the Junior League in the kitchen. Halton Women's Place
is the ONLY emergency shelter serving Halton Region. They operate 52 beds on a daily basis and have a 24 hour crisis line. There were many times last year that the shelters operated at over capacity. They assisted over 1000 women and 1300 children through their residential and transitional support programs. They rely on community partners to help raise awareness and keep their programs running.
April 21, 2010
Hess St. Elementary School children joined Chef Jason Gibson
(Jason Gibson Personal Chef Services) in The Hamilton Spectator kitchen for the Junior League of
Hamilton-Burlington's 5th Annual Kids in the Kitchen
Grade 5 and 6 children rolled up their sleeves to make a
nutritious meal and learned how to re-create these meals at home with their
families. With the assistance of Hoopappeal, the children practiced the art of dance with hula-hoops to
reinforce the value and importance of regular exercise and a healthy
'Brenda' and 'Zack', two of the Leagues Kids on the Block®
puppets were on hand to share their message of "Don't Just Sit There, Do Something!"
March 2009Kids in the Kitchen
"cooking up" a delectable event at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre in
Hamilton, Ontario. Guest chefs included Chris Haworth, an Executive
Chef from Spencers at The Waterfront
in Burlington and Jason Gibson a Personal Chef; Jason Gibson Personal Chef Services
New Member Group of the Junior League Hamilton-Burlington planned an
exciting day of fun activities for the children to help them learn more about healthy
living and how to make healthy lifestyle choices. The children
visited a variety of stations throughout the day, each with a specific
theme: cooking, fire safety, fitness, farming and nutrition.
chefs engaged the children, ages 6-15, in the food preparation,
creating a healthy meal of chicken quesadilla's, salad and apple tarts. All the major food groups were included as the menu in the
selections. As positive role models in the
community, our local firefighters spoke to the children about fire
prevention and personal safety; a certified trainer, Matt Green with Freestyle Fitness
, took the children through a fitness routine they could do at home; the Hamilton Eat Local Grow
organization taught about the benefits of consuming a diet of locally
grown foods; each child received a plant to cultivate at home. The
day was fun and interactive.
had an opportunity
to enjoy the food they prepared sitting down to eat together as a
community family. Recent studies indicate that family dining improves
dietary habits of children. At the end of the day, children were
provided with products and information to assist them with creating
the same type of meal in their own home.
Chris Haworth, with Spencer's at the
Waterfront, states "We have to re-teach ourselves (starting with our
children) the lost art of cooking a homemade meal, and more
importantly, to eat as a family at the table. In recent years, we have
lost this simple pleasure to the fast food TV nation we now live in.
That's my motivation.
" Chef Jason Gibson, with Jason Gibson
Personal Chef Services, quoted "it is very
important to me that children get a chance to learn how to prepare food
for themselves. Part of our problem as eaters is that we never learn
how easy it is to prepare simple healthy meals. We tend to lean on fast
food for our daily intake, when really good healthy food is even
faster! I hope the children will come away with some knowledge of how
important it is to feed your body good stuff!"March 2008Kids in the Kitchen "
cooked up" a delectable event at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre in Hamilton. With the assistance of Liaison College Chef, Lindsay Vandekamp, the children participating made their own healthy meals. The kids had the opportunity to discuss healthy eating tips with a Registered Dietician and there was vigorous physical activity to round out the March Break day of fun.
This was the first event held in the Centre's newly renovated kitchen,
with Junior League members assisting in providing various items to
equip the kitchen. The Eva Rothwell Resource Centre, operated by the Robert Land Community Association
is home to an ever-growing number of innovative programs and services
that are helping to improve the quality of life and enhance social
well-being for an entire North Hamilton neighbourhood. Some of the
city's best kids are being inspired to bigger dreams and realizing
unlimited potential. The Community Centre strives to provide access to
community resources important to healthy living. Quoting Don MacVicar,
Robert land Community Association Board Chair: "There couldn't be a
more perfect time in life for the Junior League to connect with the
children of the Rothwell Resource Centre. They have created a new and
exciting vision to engage children in an interactive learning
workshop. That will not only be fun, but create dreams for the
children and help to make their dreams come true." 2007
The Junior League of
Hamilton-Burlington focused on educating the young and expectant
mothers of Hamilton's Grace Haven on how to plan meals both
economically and nutritiously, enabling them to teach their young
families, by example, about the importance of making healthy food
event, organized by JLHB New Members as their community impact
project, was held at Fortino's on Main Street West in Hamilton. The
young women from Good Shepherd's Grace Haven were given a tour of the supermarket and offered
suggestions and tips on how to choose ingredients that are economical
and fall within Canada's Food Guidelines. With the guidance and
direction of Junior League members, the young ladies prepared several dishes suitable to
serve at their child's first birthday party. Each teen and their babies
left with a parting gift - kitchen gadgets, healthy eating information
including a copy of Canada's Food Guide and healthy recipes for the
moms; feeding bowls, books and toys for the babes.
Salvation Army's Grace Haven in Hamilton is a multi-agency partnership
offering residential and day programmes in a compassionate environment,
with educational opportunities and individualized social and parenting
programs to enhance the lives of young single parents and their