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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 07 2013 12:24 PM

Dothan, Ala. (January 4, 2013) — The Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation and the Living Well Fitness team will kick off the Kohl’s Kid Fit for Life program in its fifth elementary school for the 2012-2013 school year at Cloverdale elementary on January 8.  The Kohl’s Kid Fit for Life program is a school-based healthy living education program which began in 2008.  The program aims to teach kids how to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices in an effort to combat the growing issue of childhood obesity in the regional area.


Katherine Patti, Dothan store manager, will present a $39,910 check to Valerie Barnes, SAMC Foundation executive director to help the fund the program, now in its fifth year.  Fit for Life focuses on three main aspects of healthy living: food & nutrition, exercise and good hygiene.  Classes, which are held during regular physical education classes, are designed for children ages 5-12 and are held once a week for six weeks at area elementary schools.  Schools participating in the 2012-2013 program include Hidden Lake Elementary, Girard Elementary, Morris Slingluff Elementary, Houston Academy, Cloverdale Elementary, Grandview Elementary and Faine Elementary.


Barnes explained the goal of the Kohl’s Kid Fit for Life program is to help children in our local community learn what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.  “We’re continuing to hear of children with cardiovascular problems associated with obesity.  This program will allow us to not only help the younger generations live healthy but also teach the parents ways to encourage their kids to live healthy through example.”  Children are given materials to take home and share with their parents or caregivers.  “We have had parents whose children have gone through the program tell us their children come home and talk about the program and encourage us to make better decisions,” Barnes stated.


Since 2008, Kohl’s has donated more than $123,000 to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in support of the Kohl’s Kid Fit for Life program.


Kohl's commitment to Southeast Alabama Medical Center 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 $208 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 500,000 associates have donated more than 1.6 million hours of their time since 2001 and Kohl’s has donated more than $47 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit

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