effort to improve the lives of area kids, Kohl’s donated $35,074 to CoxHealth
for its Kohl’s CARDIAC (Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Area Children) Kids
program. The program, implemented four years ago, helps tackle the issue of
childhood obesity through health screenings and education.
Kohl’s CARDIAC Kids has been working to fight childhood obesity in the Ozarks
by spreading the message of a healthy lifestyle through school-based and
community events,” explains Lauren Holland, CARDIAC Kids coordinator. “We’re
working closely with children and their families to help them understand the
connections between food, activity and overall health.”
donation was celebrated with a kick-off event on Monday, October
17th at Nixa Espy Elementary School. The event consisted of an assembly
where kids learned about heart health, fitness activities and how much sugar is
in certain food products.
CARDIAC Kids offers much more: In addition to assemblies in local schools, the
organization also reconnects with families through CARDIAC Kids Family Fun
Nights for information on things like exercise and kid-friendly healthy
screenings are also a part of the program, which have determined that 34
percent of local kids are at risk for being overweight or obese, 25 percent
have elevated blood pressure and 13 percent have abnormal cholesterol.
is good news, however: 69 percent of students with abnormal cholesterol during
the 2014-15 school year improved their cholesterol during the 2015-16 school
year. “We’re working with these families to help them change their child’s
health and future,” says Holland.
2011, Kohl’s has donated more than $200,000 to CoxHealth to support the CARDIAC