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"Kohl’s Cares” Helps Cohen Children’s Medical Center Support Good Nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits

February 2, 2011

Arthur Klein, MD, top row, joins the cast of Great Neck North High Schools Honors Repertory Theatre Class after their spirited parody of Grease to illustrate the need for healthy eating habits and proper nutrition.

NEW HYDE PARK, NY– As part of their continuing partnership, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and Kohl’s Department Stores have teamed up to educate families in local communities on the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating habits. This multifaceted community outreach program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) provides community education, staff development, hospital operations support and community outreach services for both the general public and professionals. To date, Kohl’s has provided nearly $2.7 million in support to CCMC for this initiative.

The Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program is designed to help prevent childhood obesity using a multi-faceted approach. The hospital will work with three school districts and implement the following components: introduce the Active Kids Program, a year-long fitness and nutrition program; offer outreach to parents and caregivers to educate families about healthier food choices and ways to stay fit; implement a “bring your parents to school day” in which parents are given counseling and will have the chance to exercise with their kids; and counsel school staff regarding healthy eating choices throughout the school day.

To further illustrate the hospital’s commitment to a healthier lifestyle and to thank Kohl’s in a unique way, the students of Great Neck North High School’s Repertory Theater Honors Class recently presented an original comedy based on the musical hit, “Grease.” In their production, the “Grease” lead characters “Sandy” and “Danny” work out their nutritional conflicts through song and dance, learning to compromise and achieve health and balance.

“We are delighted to team with Kohl’s once again in a combined effort to promote safety and good health to the children in our community,” said Arthur Klein, MD, executive director and chief of staff at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, and senior vice president of children’s services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “For more than 25 years, this hospital has devoted itself to the care and well-being of children. We are very grateful to the Kohl’s team for their ongoing enthusiasm and support of our mutual goals.”

Kohl’s commitment to Cohen Children’s Medical Center is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares program, which raises funds for children’s health and educational opportunities through the sale of special gift items. Net profits from the sales go to support children’s health and educational opportunities in the market areas served by Kohl’s. Kohl’s community outreach also includes Kohl’s Kids Who Care®, an annual youth volunteer recognition program, fundraising gift cards for local schools and non-profit youth groups, as well as an associate program to encourage volunteerism. Over the years, the total contribution provided to Cohen Children’s Medical Center through the Kohl’s Cares program is $2,674,954.

About Kohl’s
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced national, exclusive and private brand apparel, shoes, accessories, home products and beauty in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl’s operates 749 stores in 43 states. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit Kohl’s Web site at kohls.com.

About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY
Cohen Children’s Medical Center, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, opened in 1983. Designed for children only, this 154-bed hospital is a regional, tertiary care facility that includes Long Island’s only pediatric trauma unit. The hospital is recognized by US News & World Report magazine as one of the nation’s top 20 children’s hospitals.

Media Contact: Michelle Pinto

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