Thanks to a generous grant from Kohl’s, Blythedale Children’s Hospital kicked off the 7th year of its Blythedale and Kohl’s Eat Well, Be Well Nutrition Outreach Program. During a special event at the Kohl’s store in Bedford Hills, NY, Blythedale Director of Community Relations Lena Cavanna accepted a check for $169,499 in support of the highly successful nutrition program.
During the event, the Hospital provided free nutrition screening for infants and children, and counseling for their parents. Blythedale nutritionists provided guidance on nutrition basics, shared practical tips for feeding a picky eater, and discussed eating milestones for infants and young children, as well as symptoms of a feeding problem.
Eat Well, Be Well, is an innovative outreach program designed to bring health and nutrition education to schools throughout Westchester and Putnam counties. Through this program, Blythedale nutritionists teach healthy eating habits to children by providing curricula, training and educational tools to school districts throughout the area. Since its inception in 2006, the program has reached more than 90,000 students in the greater metropolitan region.
"We are deeply grateful to Kohl’s for so generously providing us with the resources to reach nearly 100,000 children with vitally important messaging about nutrition,” said Blythedale Director of Community Relations Lena Cavanna. "As obesity rates among children soar nationally, we are able to make a significant impact, thanks to Kohl’s, in the greater metropolitan region. They have set an important standard for community support.”
Kohl’s has donated more than $2.3 million to Blythedale Children’s Hospital since 2000.
Pictured at top, left to right: Kohl’s representatives Nancy Donofrio and Chad Pryor present Blythedale’s Lena Cavanna with a check for $169,499.
Pictured above, Blythedale dietitians Marie Roth and Beth Moser provide nutrition screenings during the event.