Hurley, Kohl’s team up for healthy kids program

FLINT — “Kohl’s Cares for Healthy Kids” Event Kick-off Sept. 8 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Flint Farmer’s Market, 420 East Boulevard, Flint, Michigan

Kohl’s Department Stores has awarded $141,568 to the Hurley Foundation for the third year of its “Kohl’s Cares for Healthy Kids” program.

The program’s goal is to teach children and their parents to make healthy food choices and increase their daily physical activity. This year-long awareness campaign will feature events at the Flint Farmer’s Market, Sloan Museum, Flint Children’s Museum, Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum in Saginaw, and seven area schools.

Flint ranks 10th in the nation for obesity rates. One third of American children are obese, which places them at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. Increasing numbers of children are being seen at Hurley Children’s Hospital for asthma and diabetes, conditions which often stem from being overweight/obese.

The Sept. 8 event will feature remarks by Hurley President and Chief Executive Officer Melany Gavulic, a presentation of the Kohl’s grant check at NOON, a music show by Radio Disney, dancing and physical activities, interactive cooking demonstrations to make healthy snacks, and “produce-tasting stations.” Prizes will be awarded and drawings for Kohl’s gift cards will be held.

Kohl’s commitment to Hurley Medical Center is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® program, which raises funds for children’s health and educational opportunities through the sale of special items such as the $5 books and plush toys that are displayed near the checkout counters.

Net profits from the sales go to support children’s health and educational opportunities in communities nationwide.

This award from Kohl’s marks the seventh consecutive year of its partnership with Hurley on children’s health initiatives, which have included rehabilitation, asthma, and childhood injury prevention. Since 2006, Kohl’s has awarded Hurley $811,108. — G.G.

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