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Kohls Kids In Action
Childhood Obesity Prevention 

Kohl's Kids In Action (KKIA) is sponsored by Mercy Children's Hospital and Kohl's Department store. KKIA is fighting the childhood obesity battle by focusing on prevention.

Kohl's donates time, effort and funding to keeping kids healthy. Partnering with 151 hospitals across the country, Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program has raised more than $231 million to support kids' health and education initiatives in communities nationwide.  Every sale of Kohl's Cares for Kids merchandise is donated to programs like Kohl's Kids in Action. Items like this can be purchased at any one of your local Kohl's Department stores.

Mercy Children's Hospital and Kohl's have worked together for the past eight years to promote child safety and prevent childhood obesity.

Our aim is to help your child maintain a healthy weight by balancing the calories that he or she eats and drinks with the energy needed for growth and physical activity.

Doctors are concerned about children who are overweight . Excessive weight in children and teens may lead to health problems such as heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea. Overweight children and teens are more likely to become obese adults.

It's all about the family! Parents play a crucial role in the way their children develop healthy habits. Mercy and Kohl's Department Store have teamed up to promote four key messages:

Children should:

  • Drink 6 - 8 cups of water daily instead of pop, sports drinks, caffeinated drinks or juices
  • Get 60 minutes of physical activity daily rather than watching TV or playing video games
  • Get 9 - 11 hours of sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet by increasing fruits and vegetables and reducing intake of high calorie, low nutrient foods.
Jammal Lee at St. Catherine’s School, Toledo
Here’s an example of the lessons we take to area elementary schools. There is never a charge to the students or school for this service. It is provided by Mercy Children’s Hospital through a grant from Kohl’s Cares.

Would you like us to come to your elementary school or health fair? Please call 419-251-1246 for more information.

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