Kids in the Kitchen Fights Childhood Obesity

Published 04/02 2014 04:45PM

Updated 04/02 2014 05:11PM

Some local elementary students were learning how to make their own nutritious meals and snacks and getting in some good exercise today.

The Junior League of Binghamton held its 8th annual Kids in the Kitchen event at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary in Binghamton.

The afterschool activities for 1st through 3rd graders began with a karate lesson in the gym. Then the kids learned how to make a healthy breakfast burrito with the help of Junior League volunteers and the Executive Chef from Lourdes Hospital. Then they practiced making a yummy and nutritious yogurt parfait for a snack.

Emily Pape of the Junior League organized the anti-obesity effort.

"This is a great way to remind kids that they can make food from raw material. They can cook, make eggs, they can cook some sausage. Those are things that are not entirely processed, out there and ready. You don't need something in a package to have a good snack," said Pape.

This is the second year in a row that the Junior League has held Kids in the Kitchen at Roosevelt. Pape says the kids really look forward to the event.

This year, they decided to focus in part on breakfast which is the most important meal of the day.

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