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Foundation awards middle schools for winning walking challenge













Teresa Cash, R.N., director of cardiovascular services at Baptist Health Paducah, presents the first place award to Health Middle School teachers Brandy Roberts and Christy Cadwell, while cardiology coordinator Annie Tynes, R.N., presents the second place award to Paducah Middle School principal Tim Huddleston. The awards were presented in May 2013. 


Heath Middle and Paducah Middle schools received cash prizes in a walking challenge issued by Kohl’s Cares and the Baptist Health Foundation Paducah.

First-place winner Heath Middle received $2,250 during an awards luncheon in the Baptist Heart Center auditorium in May 2013. Heath, with 158 students in the challenge, logged 16,938 miles. Paducah Middle won $1,500 for having 228 students log 13,546 miles. The cash prizes were funded by a Kohl’s Cares grant and foundation board member Ronnie James of James Marine Inc.

School officials are required to use the funds to purchase equipment or resources to enhance their health and physical education programs.

The “Kohl’s & Baptist Opening our Hearts to Youth” partnership began in the fall of 2012 when the foundation received a $24,306 grant from Kohl’s Cares for programs to promote good health at four middle schools in Paducah and McCracken County. The grant was made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program.

The foundation hosted health carnivals at Paducah Middle, Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland Middle schools throughout the school year with nine activity booths operated by hospital volunteers. Students rotated through them, trying new foods at the “Food Fear Factor” booth and measuring flexibility at the “Show Me Your Moves” booth.

To encourage the students to adopt more healthy lifestyles, nearly 800 sixth-graders received a free pedometer and a log to measure steps over six weeks. Prizes were awarded to the students with the most steps in each homeroom class; then the cash prizes were awarded to the two top schools.

 “Kohl’s has been a dedicated supporter of children’s health across the country, and Baptist Health Paducah is equally dedicated to curbing childhood obesity in our area,” said Laurie Latham, foundation director.

Through the Kohl's Cares® initiative, Kohl’s has donated more than $208 million (100 percent of net profit) from the sale of $5 books and plush toys to children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 500,000 associates have donated more than 1.6 million hours since 2001; and Kohl’s has donated more than $47 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

About Kohl’s

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 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. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit, join the discussion on Facebook ( or Twitter ( or get inspired on Pinterest ( and Instagram (

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,700 employees and 260 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. It opened in 1953 as Western Baptist Hospital and recently changed its name, along with other facilities in Baptist Health, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Kentucky. For information, see