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Morgan Stanley Healthy Chicago Adds to Linked System of Children’s Wellness Programming

Jul 10, 2014

Local Community Volunteers and Morgan Stanley Employees to Build New School Playground Today

New York —


Morgan Stanley today announced the next step in Healthy Chicago¸ an innovative philanthropic program connecting several local community organizations to deliver the fundamental building blocks to a healthy childhood.  Working with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, local volunteers from the community and employee volunteers from Morgan Stanley today will build a new playground in one day at the Providence St. Mel School in Chicago.

Healthy Chicago is part of Healthy Cities, a Morgan Stanley initiative launched last month to create linked systems of wellness education and screenings, nutritious foods and safe play spaces for children in neighborhoods in need.  In addition to the efforts in Chicago, Healthy Cities is operating in Oakland, Calif., and Newark, N.J., to deliver integrated children’s health programming.

“Morgan Stanley is not just building a playground; we are building on our 40-plus-year commitment to children’s health.  With Healthy Cities, we are striving to innovate so that local nonprofits, schools, healthcare centers and community organizations can work together to deliver more impact as they seek to improve the welfare of children in need,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy.  “We are excited to take the next step in Chicago with a new playground at the Providence St. Mel School, an institution that plays such an important role in the local community.  We hope our continued efforts in Chicago will give children in need a strong foundation for a healthy, successful life.” 

In Chicago, the Healthy Cities network of partnering organizations this year will deliver 365,000 healthy meals, nutrition education and health screenings for over 800 families, regular fitness programs for over 700 students, safe play spaces for 1,000 children and over 2,000 volunteer hours from Morgan Stanley employees. 

The Healthy Cities initiative builds on Morgan Stanley’s Global Alliance for Children’s Health, a commitment that has invested in innovations in pediatric care so that more children can get the healthy start they need for consistent and meaningful achievement in life.  The flagship of the Global Alliance efforts is the Firm’s 40-year relationship with the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.  More recently, Morgan Stanley created partnerships with international hospitals, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and Beijing Children's Hospital.  Morgan Stanley employees play a critical role, lending expertise, financial support and sweat equity to benefit children’s centers across the globe.

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