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Kohl’s, Baptist Health Paducah partner again on health program



The Baptist Health Foundation Paducah has received an $18,605 grant from Kohl’s Department Store to continue programs to promote good health at four middle schools in Paducah and McCracken County. 

The grant, through the Kohl’s Caresâcause merchandise program, was made possible through donations collected at the Paducah Kohl’s store. The “Kohl’s & Baptist Opening our Heart to Youth” partnership was announced at a news conference during a health carnival at the Salvation Army gymnasium today. The carnivals continue at the gym through Thursday, with nearly 800 sixth-graders from Lone Oak, Reidland, Heath and Paducah Middle schools rotating through different stations.

The events follow a carnival theme with nine health-related activity booths operated by hospital volunteers. Students are encouraged to try new foods at the “Food Fear Factor” booth and exercise while dancing at the “Show Me Your Moves” booth. To encourage the students to adopt more healthy lifestyles, each receives a free pedometer and instructions on how to measure steps. 

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

Latham noted that in addition to funding children’s health programs, Kohl’s associates also volunteer on a regular basis at community events.

Baptist Health Paducah is involved in several other fitness programs aimed at curbing childhood obesity, including Project Fit America fitness curriculum and equipment at six area elementary schools. Visit BaptistHealthPaducah.com/childhood obesity for more details.

Through the Kohl's Cares®initiative, Kohl’s has donated more than $231 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 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours since 2001; and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares

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 www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kohls) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/kohls/) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/kohls).

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 has the region’s first heart center and accredited chest pain center, as well as the only certified stroke center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It opened in 1953 as Western Baptist Hospital and changed its name in early 2013, along with other facilities in Baptist Health, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Kentucky. For information, see BaptistHealthPaducah.com .