Kohl's Growing Up Healthy Program
Where Children Learn Healthy Habits
The Kohl's Growing Up Healthy Program (KGUH), 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.
Since 2004, Kohl's has donated over $377,000 to the UVA Children's Hospital to fund the health education programming aimed at helping kids understand what it means to be healthy.
KGUH has been implemented in 16 Albemarle County schools, seven Charlottesville city schools, two Rockingham County schools and five area community centers. It has reached over 1,500 children and involved over 50 medical students. The program is coming in spring 2016 to Angor Hurt Elementary and Hollymead Elementary in Albemarle County.
Thanks to the generous support of Kohl's, relevant teaching tools and prizes for the children are incorporated into the program and help to promote enthusiasm as well as knowledge about nutrition and exercise.