Junior League’s Child Health and Wellness Committee:
Childhood obesity is a raging epidemic in every developed country. The Junior League of Knoxville has teamed up with the Knox County Library System to present the Kids in the Kitchen Stage at the annual Children’s Festival of Reading in May at World’s Fair Park. JLK also provides grants to promote children’s health and wellness in our community, partnering with local organizations prevent and reduce childhood obesity within our community. Recent grantees include Girls on the Run, the YWCA of Knoxville, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.
What can we do together in the fight against childhood obesity? Let’s start by involving kids and their parents in a hands-on environment that actually focuses on preparing healthy foods. The goal of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks. Learn more at www.jlknoxvillekik.wix.com/jlknoxvillekik.
About Junior League:
Founded in 1901 by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, making a demonstrable impact on their communities.
True to their legacy, today’s members are at the forefront of tackling society’s toughest and most critical issues—childhood nutrition and obesity, human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others—for the purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our civil society.
Together, our 155,000 members in the U.S., the U.K., Mexico and Canada constitute one of the largest, most effective volunteer organizations in the world.