Last year, someone with the Junior League of Columbus invited me to the Kids in the Kitchen program. The Junior League is partners-in-in-education with the Wynnton Arts Academy.
So they chose about 60 kids from various classes and had them walk from the school to Wynnton United Methodist Church.
Once there, they played games that taught them about nutrition, did some exercises and learned to make simple, healthy meals.
This year, the Junior League decided to get the entire fifth grade class to come to the church.
They made (and ate) a turkey wrap, pita pizza and fruit parfait.
I didn't realize that the Just Say No Gang, a puppet show, was a Junior League project. They bought the puppets from a company and bought their scripts that talk about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Margaret Ward, who is in charge of the Just Say No Gang this year, says they are working with Columbus State University theater students to write new scripts that reflect today's problems, including prescription drugs.
I did notice that a few of kids looked like they were zoning out during the puppet show.
Right after that, they split up into four groups and started exercising. There was one group doing yoga, another dancing to the "Cha Cha Shuffle," one doing calisthenics and the final one playing a kind of soccer where the players were sitting on the floor and scooting around to score goals.
They all looked like they were having fun, and the kids I spoke to loved the meal, and they said they'll make it at home.
This morning on "Good Morning America," Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees was on talking about kids and how they aren't getting enough exercise. He's right. He said when he was growing up, he and his friends were always outside, running, riding bikes and playing sports. I'm way older than him and I remember that, too.
I look outside at home and rarely see kids playing in their yards.
So maybe this Kids in the Kitchen, which is a national initiative by the national (or rather international) Junior League, will work.
Maybe I should do the things I saw the kids being taught this morning. Or maybe not!