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Kaiser Permanente Returns as a Lead Mentor Corporate Sponsor

By EW!DC / Published: 12/18/2013

Wellness and prevention are Kaiser Permanente’s watchwords, and they are put into practice in a special way through the Power Lunch program at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School. For the third year in a row, Kaiser Permanente is the Lead Mentor Corporate Sponsor (LMCS) for Everybody Wins! DC’s (EW!DC’s) Power Lunch program at Ludlow-Taylor.  This means Kaiser will continue to send mentors to the school to read with students; will commit to funding the program through the school year; and will bring its strong position as a health care provider to bear on a couple of exciting new initiatives, as well.

 

(Left: Kaiser Permanente’s Tawana Tucker with Ludlow-Taylor’s Kaniya Chambers)

 

This spring, Kaiser Permanente will introduce Thriving Schools, a program that expands on the  organization’s commitment to school wellness. Through elements of the initiative, students at Ludlow-Taylor will be rewarded for participating in general wellness and fitness activities.  Due to its status as LMCS at the school, Kaiser Permanente worked to include Ludlow-Taylor in this powerful national program, which encourages movement and activity and promotes safety to students. Reading Mentors can support the effort as cheerleaders and coaches for their Power Lunch mentees.

 

“We are proud to support the critical work of nonprofit partners like Everybody Wins! DC. Education and literacy are linked to good health,” said Maritha Gay, Senior Director, External Affairs of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “Literate adults are more likely to complete their education, secure good jobs, and are more likely to have increased access to healthy foods, safer places to live and quality health care - all of the core areas we support. Most importantly, Everybody Wins! DC is also teaching children that they matter, and reading can help them achieve their goals."

 

“We are excited to partner in ever more powerful ways with our corporate sponsors,” said EW!DC Executive Director Mary Salander.  “Kaiser is in a unique position to use interest in literacy as a tool to increase a child’s awareness of health and wellness.  We can’t wait to see the results!”

 



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