Mercy Foundation Receives $40,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Support its Healthy Kids Outreach Program in Douglas County Schools

Nearly 2,700 students will receive comprehensive health education and gain access to community health resources

Myrtle Creek, Ore. (March 31, 2015) —Today, Mercy Foundation announced receiving a $40,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its Healthy Kids Outreach Program in Douglas County schools. A check presentation took place at Tri City Elementary School in Myrtle Creek.

“We are so excited to receive this generous funding from Walmart,” states Lisa Platt, Mercy Foundation president.  “It will allow us to provide richer education around nutrition and violence prevention as well as enhance our dental preventative services for almost 2,700 students in nine schools.” 

The Healthy Kids Outreach Program provides comprehensive health education—including a focus on dental health, nutrition and physical education classes—and connects students and their families with appropriate community healthcare resources, when needed. Since 2006, the Mercy Foundation has served approximately 240,000 students in Douglas County through the HKOP.

“This grant serves a real need here in Douglas County,” said Madeleine Havener, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. “We want to celebrate the great work of Mercy Foundation in increasing the health and wellness programs for our students and access to resources for their families.”

The check presentation took place at Tri City Elementary School in Myrtle Creek. Participants included Mercy Foundation President Lisa Platt, Tri City Elementary Principal McGree, school staff, members of Mercy Foundation’s health education team, Mandy Hatfield with OSU Extension, and Walmart Associates from the local Roseburg store.

The check presentation took place at Tri City Elementary School in Myrtle Creek. Participants included Mercy Foundation President Lisa Platt, Tri City Elementary Principal McGree, school staff, members of Mercy Foundation’s health education team, and Walmart Associates from the local Roseburg store.

Organizations interested in learning more about the Walmart Foundation giving programs should visit us online at http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.

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 1.3 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About the Mercy Foundation
Since its creation in 1973, Mercy Foundation has developed strong community partnerships to financially assist Mercy Medical Center in its vision to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for families and children. Foundation funding helps develop programs, technology, and facilities, allowing the organization to grow in its ability to enrich the lives of Douglas County residents today and into the future.

About the Healthy Kids Outreach Program
The Healthy Kids Outreach Program helps improve the basic health of children in Douglas County in two ways:

•       HEALTHY EDUCATION --The Healthy Kids Outreach Program provides comprehensive health education at area schools, teaching kids how to stay healthy and make healthy choices. Educating kids on the fundamentals of personal and dental hygiene, communicable disease prevention, nutrition, exercise and heart health, and character development ensure a healthier community long into the future.

•       CONNECTION TO CARE -- The Healthy Kids Outreach Program provides connection to appropriate community health care resources for children and families right at school, removing barriers that many of our families face. About half of our Douglas County children and families live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline, and about half of our kids don't have health insurance. Many of our families face transportation and financial barriers that HKOP helps overcome in our rural school communities.

The Healthy Kids Outreach Program helps Douglas County kids be at their very best; happy, healthy and productive citizens of the future. The health attitudes and behaviors of kids have already improved in the four short years HKOP has been in our schools.

Starting as a pilot project placing nurses in schools in 2006, the Healthy Kids Outreach Program has expanded to include a full array of health and wellness programming. In the past nine years, it has served approximately 240,000 students, including reaching 10,000 students with dental care.

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