After school health program for Binghamton kids

By Chelsea Bishop

After school health program for Binghamton kids

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBING Binghamton) Kids at one elementary stayed after school to take part in lessons intended to get them thinking about their health.

The Junior League of Binghamton on Tuesday hosted its 7th annual "Kids in the Kitchen" at the Theodore Roosevelt in Binghamton.

Its goal is to promote healthy lifestyles and fight obesity starting at a young age.

"Today there's a lot of obesity in our country and we feel that starting early is a really good way to get kids on the right track for living a healthy lifestyle," said Becky Miller, president of the Junior League.

All 40 students from second and third grades prepared healthy snacks and made soup to take home.

The Junior League program also promotes fitness.

"I hope that they go home with some sports equipment and some renewed incentive to play outside, to get involved with sports, and to choose better foods," said Emily Page, co-chairwoman for Kids in the Kitchen.

Binghamton University athletes, as well as the Bearcat mascot also showed up to play games in the gymnasium with the students.