One of the most prevalent health problems affecting young children, particularly those in low-income households, is the incidence of dental caries in their primary teeth, as well as a lack of awareness of critical oral care habits and practices. With a$700,000 grant from Sam’s Club, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, is developing a multimedia initiative that will engage children, ages two to five years old, and their caregivers to help develop awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene. The funding provided by Sam’s Club will help develop the first phase, of what is expected to be a national initiative, which will include formative research, production of a series of video vignettes featuring the Sesame Street Muppets and content development and creation of a family booklet on oral health.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, is focused on reducing childhood obesity, currently one of the nation’s leading public health issues. By providing direct support to schools through its Healthy Schools Program, the Alliance is able to help more than 11,000 schools encourage physical activity and provide healthier food options to their students. The program provides technical assistance at the school and district levels and provides the most extensive support to areas of the country most affected by the obesity epidemic. With the $694,806 from Sam’s Club, the Alliance will support field staff in their work helping make local schools healthier places for kids to learn and staff to work.
The OASIS Institute
Chronic disease affects older adults more than any other age group in the United States. Sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition and reluctance to seek out information about health conditions are all contributing factors. The OASIS Institute is a national organization with community chapters throughout the country, all dedicated to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and up. The OASIS Institute will use the Sam’s Club grant of $350,000 to increase enrollment in health and wellness programs in various communities across the country. With centers in urban shopping centers and rural and suburban communities, senior adults can take advantage of classes that help them learn to manage chronic conditions, make better health choices, begin exercise programs and educate them about resources of information that can improve their health as well as their overall lives.
FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR THE COMMUNITY
In addition to financial support for deserving organizations, Sam’s Club demonstrates a commitment to health and wellness issues in many other ways.
On Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in more than 500 Sam’s Club locations, the company will provide free health screenings in the pharmacy areas. These events are open to the public and those who choose to participate will be measured for body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and lung capacity. The YMCA, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Oasis Institute will also participate at select clubs in a ceremonial check presentation. For more information, times and locations of health screenings of participating Sam’s Club locations, visit SamsClub.com/HealthyLiving.