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Penn State PRO Wellness partners with Kohl’s on behavioral health school program

Kohl’s has awarded $100,000 to Penn State PRO Wellness to help fund a program that works with schools to create measurable improvements around the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, with a particular focus on mental wellness. The year-long Circle of Wellness program includes an in-person workshop for staff members and encourages schools to create action plans that form a bridge between schools and communities through community engagement activities. It also provides materials, takeaways and technical support to schools to achieve their goal.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Kohl’s and expand into the behavioral health space with middle and high school students as well as school staff,” said Dr. Deepa Sekhar, executive director of Penn State PRO Wellness. “The Kohl’s Circle of Wellness program helps staff with self-care and how to manage student mental health. Penn State PRO Wellness will be assisting schools over the next year with implementing an action plan for achieving realistic, tangible and sustainable wellness changes in their schools and communities.”

On Oct. 24 and 25, Penn State PRO Wellness kicked off the program by hosting 61 staff members from 37 central Pennsylvania middle and high schools at a mental health workshop. Attendees learned how to manage student mental health, encourage student-initiated wellness and improve employee self-care.

About Penn State PRO Wellness
Penn State PRO Wellness is committed to educating and inspiring youth and their families to eat well, engage in regular physical activity and become champions for bringing healthy choices to life. Our approach of Prevention, Research and Outreach provides schools, communities and like-minded organizations with educational programs, collaborative partnerships and access to proven wellness interventions. For more information, visit

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at and on Kohl’s mobile app. Since its founding, Kohl’s has given more than $700 million to support communities nationwide, with a focus on family health and wellness. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community or how to join our winning team, visit or follow @KohlsNews on Twitter.

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