McAllen, TX — It was a great turnout for the Edinburg Children’s Hospital Foundation’s obesity prevention program, Kohl’s Kids Get Fit, which was held at the north 10th Street Kohl’s store in McAllen. Approximately 200 children and their parents came by to learn more about healthy eating and discovered ways to exercise in a way that was fun and kid-approved!
Volunteers from Kohl’s Associates in Action program assisted with traffic flow, and the local businesses of Gold’s Gym of McAllen (Dove location), Fit Science LLC, and the Kundalini Yoga House lent their time and expertise. Gold’s Gym set up a small obstacle course and helped the kids jump rope. Fit Science’s Candace Foxx offered nutritious breakfast bar and fat-burning chocolate cookie samples, as well as consulted with parents on possible workout routines for the family. The Kundalini Yoga House led a 30-minute youth yoga session, which involved breathing and stretching, as well as balance poses that strengthen the core.
The Edinburg Children’s Hospital provided food label information, tip sheets on healthy snacks and family exercises, as well as a goal-setting station, where parents and kids were encouraged to make smart goals. Their resolutions were then recorded on video. Coming soon, the Edinburg Children’s Hospital in conjunction with the Foundation, will release these goals and advice to show what children in the Rio Grande Valley are going to do to get real and take action about fitness and health!
This educational event was made possible only through the generosity of the Kohl’s Cares philanthropic arm of the Kohl’s Department Stores. Kohl’s Cares provided the Edinburg Children’s Hospital Foundation more than $44,000 with which to educate and advocate for more obesity awareness and prevention. The McAllen area was named (yet again) the “Fattest City” in the nation on a Gallup poll. Obesity is a serious problem, and can only be solved through extreme resolve among adults and children to move more and eat smart.
Thank you, again, to all that support this movement, and you can expect more information from the ECH Foundation in the future.