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Junior Achievement of the Heartland celebrated Grand Opening of Health & Wellness Center

Posted on January 9, 2018

Junior Achievement of the Heartland celebrated Grand Opening of Health & Wellness Center
Ribbon cutting took place for new business offered in JA BizTown program at JA World


Moline, IL – Junior Achievement of the Heartland celebrated the Grand Opening of JA BizTown’s Health & Wellness Center at JA World on Tuesday, January 9 at 116 W. Second Street in Davenport. 

JA BizTown is a capstone program for elementary students that focuses on economics and business.  Students attend a daylong, hands-on experience where they run various businesses, earn paychecks, open and manage bank accounts, and become full-fledge consumers making purchases at other student-run businesses.  The program operates inside a lifelike community at JA World.

The Health & Wellness Center enhances the students’ learning experience by combining educational opportunities promoting healthy lifestyle choices and business elements key to the JA BizTown experience.  The JA BizTown Health & Wellness Center is sponsored by Dr. V.R. Alla & Mrs. Nirmala Alla. 

“The health industry is a vital component of our local economy, and the well-being of our citizens.  It is important for our students to understand its role in our community,” said Dougal Nelson, Vice President of Development, JA of the Heartland.  “We are grateful for Dr. V.R. Alla and Mrs. Nirmala Alla’s support to add a Health & Wellness Center to our JA BizTown curriculum.”

Members of the Quad City Chamber, elected officials, JA of the Heartland Board of Directors and Trustees, along with key investors attended the ribbon cutting.  Students from Fillmore Elementary School in Davenport participated in the JA BizTown program during the celebration. 

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.

Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin. More than 57,000 kindergarten through high school students benefit from JA programs each year. Visit for more information. Of these students more than 5,000 participate in the JA BizTown program at JA World. For more information visit

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