Kohl’s Caresâ Program awards Marian Regional Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital a $34,285 grant to fund fitness and nutrition programs to improve the health of Santa Maria Valley children and families

Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) and the Kohl’s Cares® Program have partnered to educate Central Coast families and their children about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Marian Regional Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital were recently awarded a grant for $34,285 from the Kohl’s Cares® Program to improve the health and wellness of local children by offering the Healthy for Life Wellness Program.

The objectives of the hospital’s Healthy for Life Wellness Program are to teach children and families how to make healthy lifestyle choices, select and prepare healthy foods, and increase physical activity. The annual Healthy for Life Wellness Program began in September and provides nutritional, educational and physical activity programs at community centers and afterschool centers in the Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Oceano and Grover Beach areas.

The Healthy for Life Wellness Program class opportunities will be announced at the Day of the Farm Worker community event, to be held on Sunday, December 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Santa Maria Fairpark Convention Center, 937 S. Thornburg Street, Santa Maria. At the event, representatives from the Kohl’s Cares® Program will formally present the hospitals with a check for $34,285 at 11:45 a.m. in front of the event’s 1,800 expected attendees, civic dignitaries and community leaders.

The $34,285 grant was awarded to MRMC and AGCH by Kohl’s Department Stores, through the Kohl’s Caresâ cause merchandise program. All funds were collected from Kohl’s stores located in the Santa Maria area. This Kohl’s commitment is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys and100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one.

For more information, please contact the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation at (805) 739-3595 or visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.