One in three children and adolescents in New York State are either overweight or obese. For most children overweight are the result of unhealthy eating patterns (too many calories) and too little physical activity. .Measures to prevent overweight and obesity should begin in early childhood in an effort to prevent many chronic diseases later in life, including Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program and Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) have created a partnership where innovative outreach programs that promote good nutrition and physical activity are brought to the community.
The Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program has allowed us to offer programs to school districts throughout Queens, Nassau, and Western Suffolk. We also provide parent-targeted programs at local libraries and school PTA meetings where CCMC educators reinforce the message of healthy eating and physical activity to improve the health of the entire family.
Most of our programs and initiatives are interactive and focus on including more fruits and vegetables, eating breakfast, making healthy beverage and snack choices and engaging in daily exercise.