Kids shoe drive aims to cut down on obesity, diabetes
Before kids can run and play, they need the right footwear to kick start a healthy life. That’s why two local agencies are partnering to put on a shoe drive as a step toward a healthier community.
What sounds like fun and looks like play is also exercise. At the park, there were plenty of bodies at work helping keep kids in shape. “We’re interested in trying to encourage our patients and the community to get active,” said Emerson Goodwin. He’s KentuckyCare‘s corporate regional director. He said an active lifestyle can cut down on the number of kids who come into the clinic fighting obesity and diseases like diabetes.
“We have begun to see that in our clinics and are concerned,” said Goodwin. Those concerns helped the clinic come up with the “Shoe N 4 Kids” drive. KentuckyCare is partnering with West Kentucky Allied Services and asking you to buy athletic shoes to donate. They have bins in 26 different locations. “They’re gonna collect them through out the Purchase area, so it’s not just gonna be in one community. It’s through out the area,” Goodwin said.
It’s an attempt to give every kid the chance to choose a healthy life. “When kids get athletic shoes, they get excited and they want to run and go play,” said Goodwin.
The drive started this week and will run until mid-May. Shoe Carnival in Paducah has agreed to donate 20-25 shoes. Distribution begins June 1.