8-22-18 Press Release: Lincoln YMCA Pilots New Jr. Chefs Class

8-22-18 Press Release: Lincoln YMCA Pilots New Jr. Chefs Class


LINCOLN, NE [August 22, 2018] — The YMCA of Lincoln is piloting a new cooking class for kids to help tackle childhood obesity. Jr. Chefs, a 5-class cooking program for youth ages 9-14, teaches kitchen etiquette and cooking basics. Designed as a hands-on program, the recipes are simple and kid-friendly such as chicken stir-fry, no-bake protein balls and avocado brownies.

As Childhood Obesity Awareness Month approaches in September, it’s important to callout the dangers associated with childhood obesity. While well chronicled, many families need support in changing their children’s habits with the goal of improving health. That’s why the YMCA of Lincoln—a leading community-based organization for health and wellness—wants to provide ways to help reverse the negative effects of obesity amongst adolescents by providing fun, interactive ways to learn about nutrition and healthy eating.

“We offered a Jr. Chefs class earlier this summer and it was a huge hit amongst Y kids,” said Kelsey Fincham, Health & Wellness Director for the Copple Family YMCA. “We look forward to sharing the importance of incorporating nutrient-rich foods into their daily routines and the ease of which these dishes can be prepared.”

Jr. Chef classes will be offered during Fall Session I, September 10 to October 13, from 5:30-6:30pm on Thursday evenings at the Copple Family YMCA or Tuesday evenings at the Fallbrook YMCA. Registration begins September 4 for Lincoln Y members and September 6 for non-members. To learn more about Jr. Chefs, visit ymcalincoln.org or contact the Copple Family and Fallbrook YMCA locations.


One of Lincoln’s largest nonprofit youth-serving organizations, the YMCA of Lincoln has served the community for close to 150 years—promoting positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body for all. Today, the YMCA serves over 82,000 people each year with facilities in all quadrants of Lincoln through programs including swim lessons, Youth Sports, Camp Kitaki, after school programs, disease management and more. Everyone is welcome, and Open Doors Financial Assistance is available to those in need. For more information, visit ymcalincoln.org.