PADUCAH, Ky.  — Baptist Health Foundation Paducah has received a $24,638 grant from Kohl's Department Store for its third year of promoting good health at four middle schools in Paducah and McCracken County.

The "Kohl's & Baptist Opening our Heart to Youth" partnership will provide carnivals of health Oct. 22 – 24 for nearly 800 sixth-graders from Lone Oak, Reidland, Heath and Paducah Middle schools rotating through different health and fitness stations.

The events follow a carnival theme with nine health-related activity booths operated by hospital volunteers. Students are encouraged to try new foods at the "Food Fear Factor" booth and exercise while dancing at the "Show Me Your Moves" booth. To encourage the students to adopt more healthy lifestyles, each receives a free pedometer and instructions on how to measure steps.

William A. Brown, Baptist Health Paducah president, said the program exemplifies the hospital's focus on health, especially in today's culture when obesity and its related conditions, such as diabetes, are among the area's greatest health risks.

"For more than six decades, Baptist has built a foundation for good health in our community," Brown said. "We are honored to partner with Kohl's to help children build good lifelong habits for healthy lifestyles."

Baptist Health Paducah is involved in several other fitness programs aimed at curbing childhood obesity, including Project Fit America fitness curriculum and equipment at eight area elementary schools.

Laurie Latham, foundation director, said Kohl's is a dedicated supporter of children's health, and their associates volunteer regularly at community events.

Kohl's commitment to Baptist Health Paducah is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $257 million through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares features the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through the Kohl's Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 834,000 associates have donated more than 2.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl's has donated more than $79 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl's also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations.

About Kohl's

Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl's has raised more than $257 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.

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About Baptist Health Paducah

A regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,700 employees and 260 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women's and children's services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. It has the region's first heart center and accredited chest pain center, as well as the only certified stroke center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It opened in 1953 as Western Baptist Hospital and changed its name in early 2013, along with other facilities in Baptist Health, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Kentucky.

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