Kohl’s Kids

WebsiteKohl'sLogo Welcome to Kohl’s Kids Fit for Life!

As you have probably heard, childhood obesity has become an alarming problem in the United States and world wide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 16 percent of children in the United States are considered overweight or obese. These children are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and low-self esteem.

To fight this cause Southeast Alabama Medical Center has teamed up with Kohl’s Department stores to create the Kohl’s Kids Fit for Life Program.

Click here for great downloads on leading a healthy lifestyle or continue reading about our program and it’s mission.


Program Highlights

This program promotes healthy lifestyles in the Dothan area and educates families on practical ways to make their lives healthier. Here under the downloads section you will find a listing of resources on healthy eating and exercise habits. In addition to the website the program is offered to local elementary schools in a six-session format, taught during the physical education class time by the Living Well Fitness staff.

Tips for Healthy Living

Easy Choices to Improve Health:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Make sure all breads and pastas say “whole wheat” or “whole grain”
  • Try to eat less high-fat, energy-dense foods such as ice-cream, sodas, and hot dogs
  • Increase daily amount of physical activity- park further away from the store entrance and walk, go for a walk as a family after dinner

Read more about healthy “Go Foods.”

Check Out These Obesity Facts (some might surprise you!):

  • 16% of children aged 6-19 are overweight or obese.
  • In the past 3 decades the number of obese preschoolers has tripled.
  • Overweight kids have a 70% chance of becoming overweight/obese adults.
  • Nearly 1/3 of kids (7-19) eat fast food daily.
  • Obesity associated annual hospital visits have risen from $35 million in 1981 to $127 million in 1999.
  • About 60% of obese kids have at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor. 25% have two or more.
  • Inpatient diabetes cases in children’s hospitals has increased 12% between 2002 and 2004.

Dare to Compare

Check out the information below in details the amount of physical activity you will need to do in order to burn the calories of what you have consumed.

  • 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies = 4 miles walking
  • 16 oz. fruit drink = 2 miles walking
  • 1 Cup of Ice Cream = 3 miles walking
  • 2 Glazed Doughnuts = 3 mile walking
  • Large Fries = 4 miles walking
  • 1 Can of Coke = 1 ½ miles walking
  • 1 ½ bag of chips = 2 miles walking
  • 1 Slice cheese pizza = 2 miles walking
  • Stalk of celery with cream cheese = 1.45 miles
  • 10 Wheat Thins = .9 miles
  • 1/2 Cup of Fresh Fruit = .6 miles
  • (1) Tangerine = .4 miles
  • Baked Potatoe with Sour Cream = 1.5 miles

Read more about proper exercise.

Eating Healthy

Use this healthy eating chart when making decisions on your food choices.

GREEN Light Foods

These are the lowest in fat and added sugar, they are “nutrient dense” which means they are full of vitamins and minerals, and are relatively low in calories. These foods are almost always a “Go”.

These foods include: vegetables, fruit, whole grain or whole wheat foods, skim milk, water, beans.

YELLOW Light Foods

Yellow light foods are higher in fat, added sugar, and calories than green light foods. These foods are okay occasionally, no more than several times per week.

These foods include: lean meats, most dairy products, waffles, pancakes, nuts.

RED Light Foods

CAUTION! These foods are the highest in fat and added sugar. They are high in calories and low in nutrients. These foods should only be consumed every now and them, and when they are consumed keep the portions small.

These foods include: chips, cake, candies, ice-cream, hot-dogs, juices, soda.

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