Donation will bring new support to end childhood obesity in IdahoBOISE, Idaho, August 16, 2013 –Today, the Walmart Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital for its YEAH (Youth Engaged in Activities for Health) program. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by supporting the YEAH! Program, which has a goal of reducing childhood obesity in Idaho by focusing on changing behaviors through a team approach for children participating in the program that will empower them to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to live a healthy lifestyle.
“The challenge of childhood obesity in Idaho is one that cannot be ignored,” said Dr. David C. Pate, St. Luke’s Health System President and CEO, “Addressing this challenge requires a collaborative community approach. Childhood obesity affects the entire community. As one of Idaho’s largest retailers, the support of Walmart in this effort is critical. We are extremely appreciative of this grant and the commitment Walmart has made to promote a healthier lifestyle for Idaho’s children.”
The grant was presented to St. Luke’s during a check presentation ceremony held today at Bogus Basin. The ceremony also marked the end of the first-ever YEAH! Camp for children that was held at Bogus Basin Aug. 12-16. During the camp, 18 area youth participated in a variety of healthy activities including games, crafts, cooking demonstrations and more. The camp concluded Friday with a three-mile hike that ended with a special recognition ceremony for all the campers
“The Walmart Foundation understands that organizations such as St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Market Manager, Tory Nichols. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in this state will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”
The Walmart donation came at the conclusion of a week-long camp for YEAH! participants held at Bogus Basin. Campers completed a long hike and ended the day with a colored chalk explosion to celebrate. To see more photos visit www.facebook.com/stlukeschildrens.
Childhood obesity prevention and intervention is one of the top three strategic initiatives for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. As a system wide initiative to provide intervention and prevention of childhood obesity, YEAH! Is an innovative program that proactively addresses the growing trend of overweight and obese children in our region. St. Luke’s YEAH! is a multidisciplinary program that evaluates and educates children, teens and families who are overweight or struggling with obesity. The goal of the program is to direct our attention to the growing epidemic of overweight youth (ages 5 to 16) in Ada Canyon, Blaine, Jerome and Twin Falls Counties. Find out more about the program by visiting us online.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Idaho donated 2,540,322 pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 2,116,935 meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $5.3 Million in fiscal year 2013 in Idaho alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital
St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital is Idaho’s only Children’s Hospital. Each year, St. Luke's Children's Hospital cares for more than 60,000 children. More than 140 skilled pediatricians and pediatric specialists work with referring physicians from around the region to provide high quality care for the young patients. Founded in 1999, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital is part of St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho’s largest and only locally-governed health care system comprised of seven hospitals, more than 100 clinics and 11,000 employees. To find out more, visit us online.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.