U of U Health Care and Kohl's Department Store Partner to Create Kids' Healthy Eating Program

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Jan 13, 2010 10:32 AM

SALT LAKE CITY – Cook healthy. Eat healthy. Be healthy. That’s the purpose of a new healthy eating program for kids sponsored by Kohl's Department Store and University of Utah Health Care. The goal is to teach kids at a young age what healthy eating is and how to make healthy food choices.

As part of the Kohl’s Healthy Eating Program, nutrition students from the University of Utah visited 22 elementary schools throughout the Salt Lake Valley. They talked to kindergarten, first-, and second-grade students about healthy eating, good food choices, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Each child received a cooking apron, a healthy snack recipe cookbook, and crayons. The schools were visited between September and November 2009. In April and May of 2010, the same classrooms will be revisited to see what changes the kids made and what they learned.

"Kohl's is a great community partner,” says Jolee Heaton, executive director of the University of Utah Hospital Foundation. “Together, we are able to reach out to children in our community and teach them how to eat healthy. We know if children adopt healthy eating habits now, they are more likely to continue to eat healthy throughout their lives."

The Kohl’s Healthy Kids Program, which also includes an interactive Web site full of healthy, kid-friendly recipes, healthy eating tips, and contest information, was made possible in part by a $206,353 grant from the Kohl's Cares for Kids® program to University of Utah Health Care. The donations were collected from Kohl’s stores located in the Salt Lake City area. Kohl’s has gifted nearly $500,000 to the University of Utah Health Care since 2007.

As a service to the community, a promotional ad campaign encouraging kids to take an active role in their health is also underway. All kids and their families are encouraged to visit www.kohlshealthykids.com for fun, helpful information on healthy food choices. By submitting a favorite healthy recipe online, one lucky kid will win a Nintendo Wii Fit.

Kohl’s commitment to University of Utah Health Care is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program, which raises funds for children's health and educational opportunities through the sale of $5 books and plush toys. Net profits from the sales go to support children's health and educational opportunities in the communities Kohl's serves.   

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U of U Health Care Public Affairs
Phone: (801) 581-7387
Email: ryann.rasmussen@hsc.utah.edu

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