Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen is an Association-wide initiative of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. Launched in 2006 by Junior Leagues in over 225 communities in four countries, the program is now in its fourth year. Junior Leagues are committed to improving the health of today’s youth by empowering them to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. The initiative illustrates the power of voluntarism to address community needs on both the grassroots and international levels.
Recognition of the need for the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen program is apparent to community leaders in healthcare and receives substantial attention in the media. This attention is focused on alarming statistics related to the percentages of overweight and obese children and adolescents in all four countries where Leagues exist, and the fact that these youth have increased chances of developing health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.