Valley children and their parents came together at Edinburg Children’s Hospital to participate in the McAllen Junior League’s annual Kid’s In the Kitchen fair on Saturday, March 28.

Kids In the Kitchen is an annual project of the McAllen Junior League and aims to educate children and parents on the importance of nutrition and other preventative health measures to help combat childhood obesity. This year, it was hosted in collaboration with South Texas Health System’s Kids Advantage program.

Local community health organizations were on hand to deliver essential messages about nutrition and other preventative health measures to combat childhood obesity. The event included education from nutritionists and dieticians who offered tips on how to whip up easy and fun healthy snacks.

Edinburg Regional Rehab Center provided lessons on easy exercise activities to follow and stay fit. Children also had a chance to see Lucy, a cross breed cow make milk and learn about dairy products and nutrition from a trained instructor courtesy of the Southwest Dairy Farmers and the Southwest Dairy Museum Inc.

Kids Advantage members received snack filled lunch bags and jump ropes to encourage a healthy diet and exercise regime. Children and their parents enjoyed a sampling of various health snacks in addition to goody bags filled with information and prizes.

About Edinburg Children’s Hospital

Edinburg Children’s Hospital is the Rio Grande Valley’s only stand alone children’s hospital. It is also the first to open a Ronald McDonald Family Room together with the Ronald McDonald House Charity of the Rio Grande Valley. It is a facility of South Texas Health System. The hospital system is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation. As the Valley’s leading hospital system, it offers specialized services in behavioral health, cardiovascular care, emergency medicine, neuroscience, oncology, pediatric care, women’s services, and rehabilitation. Its facilities include: Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Edinburg Regional Rehab Center, McAllen Medical Center, McAllen Heart Hospital and South Texas Behavioral Health Center and Cornerstone Regional Hospital.