Junior League Annual Kids In The Kitchen Set For May 3

Monday, April 14, 2014

Junior League of Chattanooga will participate in the seventh annual education initiative on childhood obesity and nutrition, titled Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen, with more than 200 Leagues from the Association of Junior Leagues International. With the goal to raise awareness and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues, Junior League of Chattanooga will host Kids in the Kitchen on May 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Orchard Knob Elementary School.

This initiative, which launched in 2006, is a response to the statistic that nearly one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Childhood obesity has also been shown to be the leading cause of pediatric hypertension, is associated with Type II diabetes, increases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases stress on the weight-bearing joints, lowers self-esteem and affects relationships with peers, said officials.  

Jessi Rymer, 2014 Kids in the Kitchen chair, said, “We are looking forward to partnering with so many wonderful local restaurants and organizations. I am especially excited about our new venue. Having our event at Orchard Knob Elementary will help us reach out to more children in our community.”  

This year’s event will feature healthy snacks, cooking demonstrations, and recipes from area restaurants, including Tupelo Honey and Food Works. Several organizations will be hosting booths with activities such as dance instruction, yoga, and field day games. The Creative Discovery Museum, Crabtree Farms, YMCA’s Mobile Market, Chattanooga Sports League, Chattanooga Fire Department will be participating.

According to Orchard Knob's Family Partnership Specialist, Jashari White, "Orchard Knob Elementary is on the pinnacle of healthier students, parents and community. Teaming up with the Junior League of Chattanooga has been an integral part of making this goal a reality." 

As children are more likely to eat foods that they helped prepare, AJLI offers an online recipe collection featuring kid-friendly, nutritious recipes from celebrities, chefs and athletes. The website also features downloadable nutrition and exercise tips, quizzes to test kids on their nutritional knowledge and the USDA’s MyPyramid Blast-Off game, a way for kids to learn guidelines for daily food consumption and physical activity, tailored to their nutrition and fitness needs. The Kids in the Kitchen website can be found at www.kidsinthekitchen.org.

Hundreds of thousands of children and their families will have the opportunity to enrich their lives and palates with recipes, tips and activities from Junior League members through the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative.  The Junior Leagues believe that education is the first step to making a lasting change in children’s future. 

For more information, call 267-5053, go to www.jlchatt.org or e-mail juniorleague@bellsouth.net.


Erlanger Recognized By Department Of Defense

The Tennessee Office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense organization, saluted Erlanger Health System for its outstanding support of employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve during a brief ceremony on July 1.    As a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Sgt. 1 st  Class Terry W. Ellis, Jr., RRT, nominated ... (click for more)

Gregory Sutton Joins Tennessee Oncology

Tennessee Oncology  announced the arrival of Dr. Gregory Sutton, a medical oncologist who cares for patients at Tennessee Oncology Chattanooga’s Medical Park II location at 2200 East Third St. in Suite 100. “Dr. Sutton is a great addition to our growing network of physicians committed to caring for cancer patients within their community and close to their home,” said ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Non-Custodial Father Who Picked Up Children At Chattanooga Daycare Is Caught In Ohio

A non-custodial father who picked up his children at a Chattanooga daycare and headed north has been caught in Ohio. T ony Thomas and the children have been located in Toledo. T homas is in custody in Lucas County and awaiting extradition. T he children were unharmed and will be in Child Protective Services custody until the mother is able to pick them up. ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)