From a media release:
More Than 200 Leagues Unite to Educate Children on Importance of Eating Well and Staying Healthy as Part of Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen Activities
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Junior League of Chattanooga will participate in the seventh annual education initiative on childhood obesity and nutrition, titled Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen, with more than 200 Leagues from the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). With the goal to raise awareness and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues, Junior League of Chattanooga will host Kids in the Kitchen on May 3, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orchard Knob Elementary School.
This initiative, which launched in 2006, is a response to the alarming statistic that nearly one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Even more alarming is that childhood obesity has been shown to be the leading cause of pediatric hypertension, is associated with Type II diabetes, increases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases stress on the weight-bearing joints, lowers self-esteem and affects relationships with peers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.
 American Obesity Association, Washington, DC.