LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) Kohl’s community giving and volunteer program, Kohl’s Cares, recently awarded the Children’s Hospital Foundation with a generous grant of $153,811 to support the Kohl’s Cares High Five Prevention Program which addresses the top five health and safety preventative actions that kids and parents can do to keep safe and out of the hospital. These five areas were identified as some of the most common reasons that kids visit the Norton Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.
Initiatives made possible by this grant fall under the direction of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Norton Children’s Hospital. The High Five program is designed to improve the health and well-being of the community’s children by encouraging families to practice safe and healthy habits. The program will focus on
- Hand washing: one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. It’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes.
- Child passenger safety: ensuring all kids are properly restrained when in a vehicle, whether a newborn in a car seat or reminding a teen to fasten the seat belt before driving.
- Helmets for protection: Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent, yet only 45 percent of children age 14 and younger regularly wear a bike helmet.
- Eat right and stay active: To stay healthy and fit, children and adults should follow the 5-2-1-0 guidelines every day: 5 fruits or vegetables, 2 hours or less of television time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Be safe, be seen: Children should know the rules of pedestrian safety and how to remain visible to drivers at all times.
Specific components of the grant include funding of the 2015 annual Children and Hospitals Week event; school-wide assemblies presenting the Kohl’s Cares High Five message to elementary school students; bicycle safety rodeo events at 20 area schools; car seat check-up clinics; and creation of videos utilizing custom-made puppets that reinforce the High Five message.
This year marks the ninth year Kohl’s has helped support important initiatives and create vital resources to kids, their families and teachers around healthy eating, nutrition and activity. Since 2006, Kohl’s Cares has contributed a total of $1,328,586 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Kohl’s commitment to Norton Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares features the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through the Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 834,000 associates have donated more than 2.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $79 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations.
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About Norton Children’s Hospital
As Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, Norton Children’s Hospital, along with its predecessor hospitals, have cared for children for more than a century without regard to their families’ ability to pay. The hospital also is an advocate for the health and well-being of all children. The 267-bed hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In 2007 and 2012, Norton Children’s Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation recognizing excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.