Akron Children's Hospital of the Mahoning Valley has paired with Kohl's to launch new local fitness programs. The department store donated $300,000 to Akron Children's Hospital. Sixty-five thousand dollars from that donation will be used in the Mahoning Valley to help fund the Kohl's Community Youth Fitness Programs.
For years, Akron Children's Hospital has helped children of all ages get on track to a healthier lifestyle through community-based health and wellness programs. Thanks to a donation from the Kohl's Cares program, the Mahoning Valley branch of the hospital system is now able to do the same thing.
"I am hoping for a big turn around in the obesity rate in the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley Area. I am really hoping to really teach these children, of all ages, from kindergarten all the way to 18 the benefits of proper eating to encourage that so they can pass that on to their kids when they get older and just really highlight the fact that these kind of programs are so needed not only in the Valley, but all over the nation," said Akron Children's Hospital of the Mahoning Valley's Youth Fitness Specialist Melody Case.
The $65,466 donation from Kohl's to Akron Children's Hospital of the Mahoning Valley will be used to launch three separate fitness programs, which encouarge healthy eating and fitness habits. The programs will be age specific. The Kohl's Future Fitness Club, geared toward 8 to 13 year olds, is the first program to get off the ground. It launched earlier this month at the Salem Community Center, the Davis Family YMCA in Boardman and at the Central YMCA in Youngstown.
"When it is structured through programs such as what we are going to have with the Salem Community Center and the YMCA and other organizations it just even makes it better. It is a win for everybody and in this era of our times of always so busy, you can find time to stay fit and everybody wins," said Akron Children's Hospital's CEO and President, Bill Considine.
Most of the wellness programs are scheduled to last 8 weeks. Akron Children's Hospital of the Mahoning Valley will provide the curriculum to the community centers. The hospital hopes to expand its programs into the schools.