Kohl’s, Penn State Hershey Team Up to Help Fight Childhood Obesity


Kohl’s grants $153,285 toward prevention and awareness initiatives

The Kohl’s Healthy Champions program at Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center kicked off its 2013/2014 nutrition and physical activity awareness campaign on Aug. 8, 2013 at the Farmers Market in Hershey. To help fuel the effort, Kohl’s Department Stores presented the Children’s Hospital with a check for $153,285.

Representatives from Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and PRO Wellness Center, along with the Hershey Bears mascot, Coco the Bear, and Penn State University’s mascot, the Nittany Lion, were in attendance to teach kids about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity.

“Obesity rates in children continue to rise in the United States,” said Gil Pak, operations director for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. “Thanks to funding from Kohl’s, we’re able to raise awareness and educate youth and families on the importance of making healthy choices.”

Since 2006, Kohl’s has donated $1,271,685 to the Children’s Hospital. The money supports programs and events for advancing nutrition and activity awareness in schools and communities. This year, the Kohl’s Healthy Champions program also focuses on community outreach, including sponsored healthy activities at family events throughout central Pennsylvania.

Through Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, you can help support our Kohl’s Healthy Champions program with the purchase of a $5 Kohl’s Cares® book or plush toy found at any Kohl’s location in York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Hanover, Colonial Park, Williamsport or Selinsgrove. One hundred percent of the net profits supports children’s health and educational opportunities – and you make a positive difference in the lives of children in our community. Kohl’s has raised more than $231 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 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit

About Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fully equipped to treat the most severely ill children of central Pennsylvania, with both the highest level neonatal intensive care unit and a Level I pediatric trauma center. Our physicians and nurses provide comprehensive support and specialized care to infants, children, and adolescents every day. With a focus on providing first-rate health care to all children, from those with complex heart disease to childhood cancers, the Children’s Hospital allows patients to receive the full spectrum of highest quality care close to their homes. For more information, please visit

About Kohl’s Department Stores

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit, join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter or get inspired on Pinterest and Instagram.


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