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Wellness initiatives get a funding boost

staff report • Feb 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Teaming to promote wellness among youth in the community, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Wellmont Foundation are expanding their partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport.

Children’s Miracle Network this week donated $10,000 through the foundation to the Boys & Girls Club. The money will assist with expenses for the YES! program and its associated initiatives, Learning 2 Live Healthy and WALKAround Kingsport. These programs are designed for children ages 8 to 15.

Lisa Beilharz, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, said the contribution will assist the organization in promoting wellness with its young members.

“We greatly appreciate Children’s Miracle Network and Wellmont Foundation for their vision in recognizing the way we positively impact the lives of children now and in the future,” Beilharz said. “We are grateful for our wonderful relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Wellmont Foundation because they greatly enhance the quality of life in our community with their innovative and compassionate initiatives.”

The Boys & Girls Club’s programs teach children healthy eating, additional healthy living habits and the benefits of community involvement. The $10,000 contribution from Children’s Miracle Network donation is empowering more children to participate.

“All our programs enable children to plan meetings and activities and support one another on the journey to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle,” said Anne Beckelman, the Boys & Girls Club’s vice president of development. “The youth additionally act as mentors for children in the 6- and 7-year-old groups, giving them valuable leadership skills.”

Wellmont Health System has served as the region’s Children’s Miracle Network affiliate since 1987. All money raised in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for this national charity stays in the region to help children at Wellmont hospitals with beneficial equipment for the pediatrics and emergency departments and the neonatal intensive care unit.

The foundation also uses Children’s Miracle Network funds for community partnerships that advance children’s health.

Todd Norris, Wellmont’s senior vice president of system advancement, said the $10,000 contribution exemplifies the health system’s commitment to high-quality lives for children and the well-being of everyone in the region.

“Our united focus on the betterment of children’s health will not only produce effective results now but will achieve a noteworthy goal to improve our region’s health well into the future,” Norris said. “We fully support the Boys & Girls Club’s mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from challenging circumstances, to realize their fullest potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, visit www.kbgc.org or call 423-230-4160.

Donations to Children’s Miracle Network are accepted year-round and can be made by visiting www.wellmont.org and clicking the link for giving. Further information about Children’s Miracle Network is available at www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.

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