Emerging Leaders Get Cooking With United Way’s Fit Kids!


On April 9th, members of the United Way Emerging Leaders went to the Health Education Council site of the United Way Fit Kids project. Volunteers took a tour of the Grant High School garden and demonstration kitchen before helping high school students lead activities with a group of elementary school age Fit Kids who were on a field trip to visit the garden and demonstration kitchen.

After sharing some laughs and conversations with high school and elementary school students, the group got to work to make healthy vegetable pizza and smoothies. Some students helped with prepping the vegetables and others helped prepare the meal. Everyone learned some kitchen safety tips and best practices that will be used and thought of for years to come. Many participants learned for the first time that cooking is fun and possible! Fit Kids is working to decrease childhood obesity by preventing weight gain for children at risk of obesity and promoting weight loss for children who are already obese. Youth and their parents learn about the importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity, as well as how to include them in their daily lives. And we’re seeing great results! Learn more about Fit Kids and consider bringing your group out to volunteer and see the program in action!

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