Niswonger Children’s Hospital event to highlight healthy lifestyles for kids


Registration still open for Kids’ Run in conjunction with Bluegrass Half Marathon

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 17, 2013) – A big dose of fun is the prescription of the day for Niswonger Family Activity Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 21 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center. The fourth-annual event hosted by Niswonger Children’s Hospital is designed to show families fun and easy ways to incorporate healthy choices into everyday activities.

Children who complete a scavenger hunt during the event will receive a prize and will be entered to win a Sony Playstation 3 game console plus the Active 2 personal training game by EA Sports. The event will feature games at a series of activity stations, and the Washington County Health Department will conduct free body mass index screenings for kids. Other activities include face painting, inflatables and demonstrations from local gymnastics and fitness experts. All activities are geared toward kids, and all are free.

Kohl’s Kids on the Move, sponsored by Kohl’s Cares®, will offer a mini jump rope clinic at the event. Kohl’s Cares is a financial supporter of Niswonger Children’s Hospital, having donated more than $311,000 since 2005 through sales of books and stuffed animals in the Kohl’s Cares displays at store registers in Kingsport and Johnson City.

The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Kids’ Run will also be held on Saturday, beginning at University School at 9:30 a.m. and ending at the athletic center. The 1.1-mile run is held in conjunction with the Bluegrass Half Marathon, set for Sunday, Sept. 23, and is sponsored by Fresh Market, Wallabies and the City of Johnson City’s Up and At ‘Em program. Online registration will be open until noon Thursday, Sept. 19. Registration will also be offered on race day outside University School. T-shirts, running bibs and participation medals will be available while supplies last. To register or find more information on the run, visit

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, a comprehensive medical management corporation, and the region’s only provider-owned health insurance company. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. 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 (

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