Moffitt Healthy KIDZ is a community outreach program offered by Moffitt Cancer Center for children and adolescents of all ages focusing on cancer prevention, healthy living and positive life choices. The Healthy KIDZ motto “prevention starts early” is consistent with Moffitt’s mission, to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Healthy KIDZ culture of inclusion welcomes youth from diverse backgrounds and is supported by essential healthy lifestyle opportunities through robust programming and education for the mind and body. The program focuses on several themes including:
- Sun Safety
- Dangers of Tobacco
- The Arts
- STEAM – Careers in healthcare
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Over 5,000 students have signed the Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Tobacco Free Pledge card. Take the pledge! Download the Tobacco Free Pledge Card
Moffitt Healthy KIDZ STEAM Role Model Awards
Jessica Beavers, Benjamin Bryant, Carlos Carrasquilo, Sarah Jennewein, and Eleanor Kappeler were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Moffitt was fortunate to have strong community support. The scholarships were presented by special guests: Commissioner Sandra Murman; Paul Anderson, CEO of Port Tampa Bay; Angela Hall, manager of Community Engagement Central and North Florida Regions, Molina Healthcare; Councilman Mike Suarez; and Dr. B. Lee Green.
When asked how she felt about winning this scholarship, recipient Jessica Beavers commented, "I’m very excited because you get recognized for being a role model and I think that’s really important in the community."
Those sentiments are echoed by Moffitt’s center director and executive vice president Dr. Thomas Sellers, "Moffitt is proud of the Healthy KIDZ program and the opportunity to award scholarship support was a real honor for us. These young people are a source of pride and inspiration and there is no doubt they are on their way to continued success in college and beyond."
This is an annual awards program. Stay tuned for details on how you can apply to be a STEAM Role Model in January 2018!
Interested in Learning More?
Be a part of a lifetime of discoveries. For more information on the Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Program, please contact HealthyKIDZ@Moffitt.org.