Niswonger Children’s Hospital Family Activity Day Kohl’s to donate $45,124 in continued support of Kohl’s Kids on the Move

9/23/2010



JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. Sept. 22, 2010 – The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Family Activity Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center (formerly ETSU MiniDome).

Family Activity Day will include a scavenger hunt – visit each activity station to be eligible for a Disney World trip and other great prizes. The day’s events include a Kohl’s Kids on the Move Get Jumping! jump rope clinic, featuring the Tri-Force competitive jump rope team, and a Wii tournament.

The goal of Family Activity Day, a community event presented by Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s Kids on the Move, the East Tennessee State University Athletic Department and FitKids, is to provide ideas for fun and simple ways families can include active living and good nutrition choices in their everyday lives.

Local Kohl’s representatives will be presenting a check for $45,124 at 10:45 a.m., following the first jump rope demonstration by Tri-Force, a competitive jump rope team from Cary, N.C. These funds will continue support of the Kohl’s Kids on the Move program, a free community outreach program provided by Niswonger Children’s Hospital. Last year, Niswonger Children’s Hospital was able to bring the Kohl’s Kids on the Move program to more than 7,900 children. Since 2006, Kohl’s has donated more than $155,376 to Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

“Niswonger Children’s Hospital is very proud to continue our partnership with Kohl’s Cares®,” said Steven Godbold, assistant vice president and CEO for Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “The effects of obesity on the health of the children in our region is widespread and has the potential to be life-threatening if not addressed. Because of Kohl’s Cares’ ongoing support of our Kohl’s Kids on the Move program, thousands of children each year have access to a program that gives them the basic tools to help them make healthy decisions about what they eat and how they use their bodies.”

Kohl’s commitment to Niswonger Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one.

Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million through this merchandise program. In addition, Kohl’s Cares® features a scholarship program, which recognizes more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes this year; the Associates in Action program, which encourages associate volunteerism and provided more than $10 million in grants to youth-focused nonprofit organizations last year alone; and fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.kohlscorporation.com.

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