Children’s Hospital at Erlanger announced today Wallace A. Smith Elementary School is the winner of its ‘Let’s Get on Track’ walking competition and will receive a new walking track.
Beginning on March 4, Dupont, Hardy, North Hamilton and Wallace A.
Smith elementary schools competed in ‘Let’s Get on Track,’ which encouraged students to increase their activity levels and record their steps. Wallace A. Smith Elementary School won the competition through awareness projects and logging the most hours of physical activity.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger allocated the $240,000 two-year grant it received from Kohl’s to fight childhood obesity through its Let's Get Moving campaign. Through the campaign, the hospital hosts the ‘Let's Get on Track’ school system competition and family fun nights to provide children and parents with tips and strategies to live healthy lifestyles.
"Obesity is the most prevalent disease affecting our children today, and must be given high priority given the severity of associated illnesses those affected face throughout their lifetime," said Dr. Joani Jack, pediatrician, Children's Hospital at Erlanger CHEAL clinic. "We know that physical activity helps prevent and manage childhood obesity, as well as benefiting all children of all ages. Through the generosity of Kohl's, we are able to provide lifelong health benefits for the children in our region."
Kohl's donation to Children's Hospital at Erlanger is made possible through Kohl's Cares, which sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to support happier and healthier communities nationwide. Since 2000, Kohl’s has raised nearly $360 million through the merchandise program.