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Kids in the Kitchen event held at the Albany Mall

Albany women’s group teaches nutrition to kids

Za’mya Williams, 7, holds still to have her face painted during The Albany Junior League Kids in the Kitchen event Saturday (Staff Photo: Jim West)

Za’mya Williams, 7, holds still to have her face painted during The Albany Junior League Kids in the Kitchen event Saturday (Staff Photo: Jim West)

ALBANY — The Junior League of Albany presented its second annual Kids in the Kitchen, Saturday, aimed at showing local children the value of proper nutrition and exercise in keeping themselves healthy.

Just as last year, the event, which featured individual booths manned by Junior League volunteers or others, was staged on the floor of the Albany Mall near J.C. Penney department store.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 150 kids were shown the basics of Zumba exercises, given free red plastic water bottles, with guidelines for daily water consumption, served fresh samples of good wholesome snacks like rice crispy treats with blueberries, raisins and sunflower seeds, and banana and peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat toast with strawberries.

In addition, the kids were offered face-painting and a chance to decorate their own brightly colored aprons so they could help mom or dad in the kitchen. All of that and more was free, thanks to The Junior League and contributing sponsors.

“We want to give them all the nutrition facts,” said Perry Kelly with The Junior League and co-chair of the event. “There’s a big thing that shows them what five pounds of fat looks like, and we talk to them about how much sugar is in the sodas they’re drinking.”

Kelly said that last years Kids in the Kitchen reached around 120 kids. With just about an hour left to go, Saturday’s event exceeded the League’s goal of 150 kids, Kelly said.