You’re never too young to make healthy choices!

You’re never too young to learn how to make healthier choices, and the Foundation helps children in our area get the tools they need to make those choices. We do that through supporting programs like Girls on the Run, in-class educational sessions, family programming and scholarships for students looking to pursue careers in the wellness professions.

How We Supported Youth in 2018:

  • $8,335 Club Max
  • $500 Roots School Nutrition and Yoga Program
  • $1,000 Girls on the Run
  • $1,000 Lions Club Shamrock Shuffle/Juvenile Diabetes Camp
  • $1,025 Reach out and Read – Books/Reading program for kids, Lake Chelan Clinic
  • $400 KOZI Water Safety Program
  • $325 MOE Ruby Theater Outing
  • $320 Med Staff uniforms/jackets for youth sporting events


The Max program promotes fitness and nutrition with educational materials, activities and community partnerships.

Max has been busy and you can see him at many events throughout the Chelan Valley, most recently at the Lion’s Shamrock Shuffle, the Top Dog Parade, the 2018 Manson Apple Blossom, at the Manson Fun Run, the EMS Bike Rodeo and the Farmers Market Veggie Buck event!

Funded by the Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation, this canine mascot ambassador of LCH’s “Club Max” kids’ wellness program makes healthy fun for everyone. Funding Club Max is part of our commitment to LCH. Max accompanies the LCH wellness team on visits to schools, libraries and community events with important messages about nutrition and fitness, participates in fun runs, and loves spending time with kids.

Girls on the Run

Our Foundation was a proud supporter of the 2017 Girls on the Run, funding 17 girls from Morgan Owings Elementary (MOE) to participate in the program. Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nationwide non-profit program that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5k run. Lessons on friendship, gossiping, speaking up for yourself, and setting goals are all enhanced by the objective of training for a team race.

The program at MOE is currently geared towards 4th and 5th graders, and goes for 10 weeks– from the end of February to mid-May.  The sense of pride and accomplishment at the completion of the final 5k is evidenced by the sparkle in their eyes as they cross that finish line!  In addition to training for a 5k, the girls create and organize a Community Impact Project. The project is decided on by the girls participating, with coaches helping to facilitate the logistics.  On May 8th, 2017, we held a bake sale to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and raised $600!  What a way to experience firsthand the joy of being the change you want to see in the world.

Reach Out & Read

Reach Out & Read is a program that encourages parents to read to their kids and promote early literacy. Lake Chelan Health physicians give children a free book to take home at the well-child exam and when time permits, reads it with them. Each book varies as to the size and age-appropriate group. For the past two years, the Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation has funded this program for LCH.

MOE Playground

The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation – and many community businesses and individual donors — funded new playground equipment for Morgan Owings Elementary (MOE) School in Chelan. With the leadership of Camisha Pauli and the MOE PTA, the funds for this $80K equipment project were raised within one year. We live in an amazing community, and we were proud to be part of this project!

School Programs

Your kids deserve our attention! Our partnerships with local schools means children of all ages are learning the advantages of healthy lifestyle choices. Max the mascot dog, LCH’s children’s wellness mascot funded by the Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation, is one great example. He accompanies the LCH wellness team on visits to schools, libraries, and community events to bring important messages about nutrition and fitness.  The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation participates in school health fairs, including the Chelan Family Health Fair and the Manson Family Fit & Fun Night.

Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation is funding these activities in 2017 as part of the LCH Club Max program:

  • fitness prizes at health fairs
  • pedometers and “The Choice is Clear” water bottles for the Middle School Outdoor Education Steps & Movement
  • MOE’s After’s Program (Max Attack Healthy Snack education)
  • the Community Fun Run with Max
  • the Chelan Run Club with over 700 students
  • the Manson Run Club with over 450 students

Like workouts?  The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation purchased CrossFit equipment for Manson High School, which is heavily used by students and community members, along with balance balls for Chelan Middle School.  This was made possible by a generous grant from Rio Tinto and Magnus Pacific.

Thrive Chelan Valley

Thrive Chelan Valley is known in the community and schools as an organization that works to help all Valley youth reach their full potential. They believe in the importance of discovering the gaps for kids in the community and empowering our valley to be part of the solution.

Thrive serves kids in Chelan and Manson through three main programs: Thrive Mentoring – adult and peer mentoring, Thrive Cares – support for tangible needs to remove barriers and help kids have what they need to “thrive,” and Thrive Teen Center – an evening program for teens to gather on the weekends and have a warm meal. You can learn more or consider joining us in serving kids in our Valley by visiting their website:

Thrive Chelan Valley partners with Manson School District to provide students in grades K-12 with the opportunity to receive counseling support during summer break. Manson strives to support wraparound programs that go above-and-beyond to support students in need and provided 20+ students with mental health services throughout the school year.  The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation supports Thrive Chelan Valley and Manson School District to achieve this goal.