Kohl’s Cares has awarded a grant of $370,000 to Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation to help fight childhood obesity. The grant will support a two-year plan to offer programs focusing on healthy eating and fitness for children and families.
“Childhood obesity is a serious issue in Kentucky,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, senior vice president, Women’s and Children’s Partnerships, and chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “We are so grateful to Kohl’s Cares for making this generous contribution to help us create healthier lifestyles for our community’s children.”
More than 38 percent of Kentucky’s children are overweight or obese. The commonwealth ranks third in the country in percentage of obese children and fifth for adults who are obese. In an effort to close this gap, Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness has designed three strategies to teach children about the importance of making healthy food choices and staying physically active:
- School-based outreach
- Share healthy eating and fitness tips at school assemblies.
- Create field trip opportunities focused on obesity prevention.
- Market free movement activities to schools through GoNoodle.com.
- Community outreach
- Host hands-on family camps, in which fitness experts provide tips on weight management and healthy cooking to families and teens.
- Inspire others by sharing success stories of children and families making healthier choices.
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Families take the lead
Lack of knowledge about healthy foods and kitchen skills, as well as limited access to fresh produce and healthy foods, exist in many neighborhoods throughout Greater Louisville. To address these constraints for families and to increase their confidence in their own ability to successfully lead a healthy lifestyle, Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness hosts skill-building workshops. Through annual Fruit & Boot Camps, school-age children and their parents learn how to eat healthfully and stay active.
Kohl’s commitment to Norton Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, 100 percent of the net profits from Kohl’s sales of special books and plush toys benefit children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $317 million through this merchandise program.