"Kids In the Kitchen"

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

April 5, 2006

“Kids In The Kitchen” gives both kinds and parents a fun environment to learn how to incorporate healthier eating into their everyday lives.

Today was not the usual day at the boys and girls for Jocelyn Fantino. She and her parents are learning about eating healthier. Fantino got the chance to eat her first “orange pepper.”

“It tasted sort of like in between an orange and a pepper, it tasted like both,” said 7-year-old Fantino.

The Junior League of Charlottesville says it was a natural fit to partner with the Boys and Girls Club, because they both are working to fight obesity in children.

[We plan to show kids and parents] “some good quick choices to be able to make some meals and snakes, said Mary Sherman of Junior League of Charlottesville. “I think the more information you have about that the better off you are.”

Erika Luther, dietitian, says that kids who form bad eating habits at young age could face serious complications as they get older.

“It will put them at a very high risk for diabetes for heart disease high cholesterol levels for high insulin levels,” said Luther.

She also adds that changing bad eating habits work better with parents help.

The Junior League of Charlottesville says they plan to make this an annual event.

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