Kids in the Kitchen
The Kids in the Kitchen Committee spent Monday and Thursday evenings from September to April teaching children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana about healthy eating and healthy living.
The Kitchen Crew introduced new foods to the KITK participants through a variety of simple recipes. The recipes had easy to follow instructions and used basic ingredients. The children learned that healthy food can taste good and be fun to make and to eat. “Sushi sandwiches” and fruit and yogurt parfaits were the most popular recipes this year.
Upon the completion of each session a graduation dinner was held at a local restaurant. This year the celebration was held at Don’s Downtown and Agave Mexican Grill and Cantina. Each participant was given a Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook and a t-shirt.
A new activities component was implemented into the program last year with the goal of teaching the children the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle. The Activities Crew utilized exercise balls and therapy bands in lessons about exercise, and the children especially enjoyed participating in Zumba. The children also heard about the importance of being healthy and physically fit from guest speakers, including a former Southern University football player and Mrs. Louisiana, Michelle Merrill, a Kids in the Kitchen Committee member.