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Junior League announces launch of resources

SPRINGFIELD - The Junior League of Greater Springfield announced last week the launch of new resources on the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen website to serve as a fun way to help parents and children make healthy lifestyle choices. The site,, features recipes, nutrition and fitness tips contributed by some of today's hottest celebrities, chefs and athletes and games from the Cartoon Network and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Jr. League of Greater Springfield will also host a nutrition session with Chef Elaine Berardi clinical dietitian/chef at kindred Park View Hospital,. She will be assisted by Judy Mason, clinical Dietitian. The session will be held on April 25, from 3:30 -5 p.m. at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club on Carew Street in Springfield.

Participants are involved with the R.E.A.C.H. Program. The program has 25 children ages 6-13 that participate in an afterschool program. The participants will learn to create healthy snacks and learn about the positive effects of healthy eating.

During the 2006-2007 year, the Junior League of Greater Springfield, MA, Inc. will support a range of community projects including: the Cancer House of Hope Springfield House, that helps people with cancer and those who care about them through free-of charge support groups, relaxation programs and information; the JLGS Financial Literacy program, that helps students at Springfield schools and the Youth Build program at the YWCA plan for a secure future; Clothing for a Cause, that provides clothes to families in need; Scholarship program which awards a $1000.00 scholarship to two female graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in volunteer and community service. Past projects supported by the Junior League include R.E.A.C.H (Re-establish Educational Access for Children who are Homeless), the Springfield Ronald MacDonald House, Springfield Day Nursery, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Prospect House Shelter.

Founded in 1922, the Junior League of Greater Springfield, Inc., is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The organization is comprised of women who are interested in making a difference in their community. For more information, call the League's office at 413-781-2545 or visit