Where Children Learn Healthy Habits
Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL), a Kohl’s Cares initiative, is an innovative collaboration between the UVA Children's Fitness Clinic, the Social Issues in Medicine course at the UVA Medical School and the Albemarle County Extended Day Care Program.
In the program, UVA medical students teach kindergarten through 5th grade students about healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits to maintain a strong body and mind.
The Go Girls & Guys! Community program is a six-week program, meeting once per week, that takes place in a variety of after-school and community centers throughout the region. Each week, the children engage in 30 minutes of Zumba followed by wellness education discussions. The purpose of the program is to improve physical activity levels in kids by increasing both their enjoyment of fitness and their understanding of how exercise reduces the risk of long-term disease.
Also available through Kohl’s Hoo’s Fit is the Exceptional Kids’ Club, a free fitness program at UVA Children’s Hospital for children with autism spectrum disorder. This program is a collaboration between the Children’s Fitness Clinic and UVA’s Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities Program at the UVA Curry School of Education. UVA Master’s Program students volunteer and work one-on-one with children to lead them through fitness stations, focusing on overall fitness and skill development. In addition, UVA professionals are scheduled to lead parents in wellness education discussions on topics including nutrition, exercise and autism spectrum disorders.
In the past 12 years, Kohl's has donated over $650,000 to the UVA Children's Hospital to fund health education programming aimed at helping kids understand what it means to be healthy.
Thanks to the generous support of Kohl's, relevant teaching tools for the children are incorporated into the program and help to promote enthusiasm as well as knowledge about nutrition and exercise.