LOS ANGELES – Jan.13, 2016 – Dignity Health’s Southern California Hospitals are participating for the third year in the national kindness movement, The Great Kindness Challenge, from Jan. 25-29.  Last year, Dignity Health’s participation in the challenge led to setting a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Collage of Cut-out Handprints with over 300,000 hands touching together!.  This year, Dignity Health Southern California will partner with 109 schools to bring kindness activities to life for 79,270 students across Southern California

 **The Great Kindness Challenge, created by non-profit Kids for Peace, is a bullying prevention initiative enacted in California dedicated to creating a culture of kindness in elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide. The event challenges participating students to complete at least 50 acts of kindness in one week.  In support of the challenge, Dignity Health Southern California Hospitals have planned a variety of activities at local schools, including kindness teddy bear clinics, a kindness walk, a kindness art show, and a kindness champions interview series (dates, locations, event contacts on following page).

“Our healing ministry is centered on humankindness; we believe, and research supports, that kindness is a healing force,” said Steven R. Barron, Dignity Health Senior Vice President, Operations, Southern California. “The Great Kindness Challenge is an excellent opportunity to nurture a culture of kindness and model positive behavior for our children.”

Events will be held at schools in the communities served by Dignity Health’s Southern California Hospitals: California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, Glendale Memorial Hospital & Health Center, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, St. Bernardine Medical Center, and St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach.