LightHouse kids looked like they were having fun as they swirled jump ropes and made new snacks, but it was all in the name of healthy living.
In an effort to curb childhood obesity, the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier brought its annual Kids in the Kitchen project to three different LightHouse sites this week. League members hope LightHouse kids learned healthy living is easier – and more fun – than they might think.
“Our goal is to teach kids to make healthier choices,” said Gretchen Williamson, assistant head volunteer. “We focus on making it fun and relevant to their experience.”
Kids were split into groups, and in one they talked about exercise and played games to get them up and moving. In another they talked about making healthy choices, even at fast food restaurants and the school cafeteria.
They also got to make healthy snacks – yogurt with toppings. While some eyed the yogurt suspiciously, one elementary student declared, “I love it!”
After their activities, each child took home a goody bag with a recipe book and a new jump rope.