Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Kohl’s Keeping Kids Healthy Program work to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in communities throughout our region. Addressing this critical community health need helps us live healthier lives.
Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition caused when children’s and teenagers’ body mass index (BMI) is above average for their height and age. This condition is especially concerning as childhood obesity greatly increases the risk for a wide-range of health conditions that were considered to be only adult health issues – like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Childhood obesity can also affect emotional and social well-being. Factors contributing to obesity include lack of physical activity, diet high in carbohydrates and low in protein, family history, and socio-economic factors, such as limited access to nutritious foods and limited resources.
The Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program works to:
1) provide nutrition education
2) address food insecurity
3) improve access to healthful foods
4) address sedentary lifestyle
5) raise public awareness
We work throughout the Borough of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties to educate students and adults about healthy eating habits and lifestyles.