Kids in the Kitchen

Junior League of Lansing holds Kids in the Kitchen Event annually. This free event is for local families that is packed with fun activities, food, and prizes. We are still planning this exciting event for 2018 and will update with a details soon.

Last year's event was held at Cavanaugh STEAM Elementary (300 West Cavanaugh, Lansing) on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for Kids in the Kitchen.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years.1, 2 Children who are obese are likely to be obese as adults3-6 and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.7 Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.7

To help counteract this growing issue and establish healthy lifestyle habits at an earlier age the Junior League of Lansing annually hosts Kids in the Kitchen.

Participants will learn how to identify healthy food choices, prepare nutritious snacks at home, participate in various fitness activities and enter to win fabulous, fun prizes for FREE!

All Junior League members and their families are invited to attend - we hope to see you there!


  1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association 2014;311(8):806-814.
  2. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2011: With Special Features on Socioeconomic Status and Health . Hyattsville, MD; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.
  3. Guo SS, Chumlea WC. Tracking of body mass index in children in relation to overweight in adulthood. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999;70:S145–148.
  4. Freedman DS, Kettel L, Serdula MK, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. The relation of childhood BMI to adult adiposity: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediatrics2005;115:22–27.
  5. Freedman D, Wang J, Thornton JC, et al. Classification of body fatness by body mass index-for-age categories among children. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2009;163:801–811.
  6. Freedman DS, Khan LK, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SA, Berenson GS. Relationship of childhood obesity to coronary heart disease risk factors in adulthood: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediatrics 2001;108:712–718.
  7. Office of the Surgeon General. The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation. [PDF: NBK44660]  Rockville, MD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
Kids in the Kitchen History

Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen started as Junior Chefs, a program developed in Calgary schools in 2001 to help children develop long-term nutritional knowledge, the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen program is now active in more than 200 cities in Canada, the U.S., the UK and Mexico.

“The fact that a relatively small initiative that began in Canada nearly 10 years ago has now rolled out to more than 200 communities in four countries is nothing short of remarkable,” said Deborah Maw, National Coordinator of The Canadian Federation of Junior Leagues. “It shows not only how great the need is, but also that we’ve fine-tuned the program into an approach that works, brings parents and their children together in the kitchen, and is sustainable model for generating awareness of this critical issue.”

“Kids in the Kitchen is a wonderful example of the power of a good idea in the hands of a great group of volunteers,” said Debbie Robinson, President of The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. “Kids in the Kitchen now has its own cookbook, Junior Leagues In The Kitchen With Kids: Everyday Recipes And Activities For Healthy Living, and celebrity chef-spokesman, George Stella. But more importantly, it thrives as a volunteer-driven, community-based program that addresses an important social problem in four countries.”

In Lansing, Kids in the Kitchen is the primary service project of the New Member orientation and training program. New members team with area chefs to train children on how to create healthy snacks. They learn about how to identify healthy choices and to prepare food in their own homes.

The Junior League of Lansing recognizes the importance of childhood obesity and encourages everyone to participate in a healthy lifestyle including a nutritious meal plan and regular exercise.