Utah Second Graders Help Launch Kohl's Healthy Kids Program

Utah Second Graders Help Launch Kohl's Healthy Kids Program

Ann Majdi from Kohl's Department Store presented a check for $259,612 to University of Utah Health Care

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Chef Carl Rubadue helps second grade students at Viewmont Elementary School prepared healthy snacks.

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Nov 2, 2010 2:46 PM

Healthy tortilla pizzas, frozen banana treats and cookie cutter sandwiches may soon replace sugary and salty treats as the after-school snack of choice for second graders at Viewmont Elementary School in Murray, Utah. The Murray students joined representatives from University of Utah Health Care and Kohl’s Department Store on Tuesday to demonstrate how to make healthy, kid-friendly recipes included in this year’s Kohl’s Healthy Kids recipe and activity book (available online at www.kohlshealthykids.com).

The book and associated web site, as well as a promotional ad campaign are the focus of this year’s Kohl’s Healthy Kids Program, a partnership between Kohl’s and the University. The goal of the annual program is to teach kids at a young age what healthy eating is and how to make healthy food choices. The interactive Web site features 10 recipes, healthy eating tips, and a contest to win a Nintendo Wii Fit.

This year’s campaign was made possible in part by a $259,612 grant from the Kohl's Cares® program to the University. The donations were collected from Kohl’s stores located in the Salt Lake City area. Kohl’s has gifted more than $600,000 to the University since 2007.

"Kohl's is a great community partner,” says Jared Perry, development director for University of Utah Health Care. “This annual partnership helps us 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."

Sarah Petersen, M.D., a pediatrician with the University’s South Jordan Health Center, says the old adage “you are what you eat” is a poignant way of looking at the country’s looming childhood obesity epidemic. Petersen talked to the students on Tuesday about the importance of good nutrition.  

“Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years resulting in serious immediate and long-term health consequences,” said Petersen. “We know bad eating habits usually begin in childhood which is why we’re focused on getting kids on a healthy track early.”

The recipe and activity book offers families five simple steps for healthy eating:

  • Eat a balanced breakfast every day.
  • Drinks lots of water and milk.
  • Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
  • Try to stay away from fast food.
  • Eat a healthy snack after school.

Viewmont principal Margaret Young says the Kohls Healthy Kids Program is the type of partnership that can help schools and families make a difference in childhood obesity. “Our Viewmont students are smart and they are learning what they need to do to be healthy,” Young says. “They need guidance in making correct choices at home and school. This program can be an important part of that. In the end, we all have the same goal: healthy children who become healthy adults.”

University of Utah Health Care

University of Utah Health Care is the only academic health care system in the Intermountain West and provides leading-edge medicine for the people of Utah and a five-state referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The health system includes four hospitals with more than 1,000 physicians offering services in more than 200 specialties.  In 2010, University of Utah Health Care ranked first among all U.S. academic medical centers in the rigorous University HealthSystem Consortium Quality and Accountability Study.

Kohl’s Department Stores

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.  By the end of September, Kohl’s will operate 1,089 stores in 49 states with a commitment to environmental leadership. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $150 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.

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