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Ellen McVay

Kohl's Investing in Johns Hopkins All Children’s Healthy Lifestyle Education Programs for At-risk Teens

St. Petersburg, Fla. – October 19, 2017 – A $530,000 donation from Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. will help Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital build and expand programs focused on the obesity epidemic among at-risk adolescents in underserved communities. The donation, which comes from the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, will support initiatives designed to target obesity, food insecurity, and weight management resources and trainings to local adolescent providers.

“Kohl’s has donated more than $2 million dollars to this hospital since 2006,” says Jenine Rabin, executive vice president of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Foundation. “They’ve been a tremendous partner in helping us to improve the health of our patients and the broader community.”

This donation will support healthy lifestyle campaigns at two high-risk Pinellas County High Schools. Strategies will also include weight management classes and culinary classes in underserved communities, as well as education training for school-based medical providers.

Funds will also support a food pantry for children who are identified as food insecure.

“Obesity among adolescents is a top concern, even more widespread than parents recognize, according to the Community Health Needs Assessment we conducted last year,” says Kimberly Berfield, vice president of Government and Community Affairs at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. “This partnership will allow Johns Hopkins All Children’s to make a real difference in the health of these young people.”

“We see the impact of the obesity epidemic in our clinics,” says Raquel Hernandez, M.D., a pediatric physician who specializes in the management of childhood obesity. “These teens are at risk for chronic health conditions including asthma, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention low self-esteem, and depression. Programs that provide the right support for these kids can truly create a life-long impact on their health.”

Lakewood High School is the first of two at-risk high schools to benefit from these funds. The annual kick-off of their student-led Health Squad will take place on October 24th.  A second high school will be announced in the coming months.


About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit