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Junior League sponsors Run for the Kitchen

For several years, the Junior League of Columbus has been holding a special day for its Partner in Education school, Wynnton Academy.

The members would teach children how to make a healthy lunch and snacks. Others would teach them fun exercise programs; others would teach them about nutrition and the various food groups.

It was a fun day for the kids and the Junior Leaguers.

This year, the Junior League of Columbus is celebrating its 75th anniversary, by promoting healthy food choices for children and announcing its first Run for the Kitchen.

Through this project, the Junior League wants to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children and help reverse the growing problem of childhood obesity.

Proceeds from the run will benefit the League's programs and support projects that focus on its signature issue, "the healthy child."

Run for the Kitchen includes a 5-K run and a one-mile Fun Run.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. March 26 on Columbus State University's Intramural Field on main campus. The Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5-K at 9 a.m.

Chip timing will be provided. OK, since I haven't been training at all for the 5K I'm supposed to be running in June, I have no idea what chip timing is. They implant a chip and it sets off a sensor when you cross the finish line? Maybe it's embedded in the number that you pin on your shirt? I'm going to have to ask about this.

After the race, all runners are invited to stay to eat healthy food and listen to music. Maybe the food will be good as well as healthy. It's going to be provided by  St. Francis Hospital. Then again, hospital food isn't the greatest. At least it wasn't when my father was hospitalized, but that was 20 years ago. Wait. When my mother had quadruple bypass surgery three years ago, it wasn't great then, either. We had to force her to eat. Oh, well, it will be healthy food.

Entry fees are $20 for the 5K and $10 for the Fun Run.

Call 706-327-4207.

Click here to read more about the Run for the Kitchen and to register online.