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OUR STORY

Do Good. Live Well.


Four words we believe can change the world. One person at a time. All it takes is one individual reaching out to another and suddenly communities are improved and multiple lives are impacted.


Since 2009, “Do Good. Live Well.” has been UnitedHealthcare’s volunteer initiative with a mission to decrease hunger and obesity. Through partnerships, financial support and the helping hands of our employee volunteers, we’re able to help build healthier communities.


With so much need in our world, choosing one or two causes can be a daunting task. Tied to our corporate mission of helping people live healthier lives, we have identified three areas where we focus our attention and resources. We believe that we all have a stake in building a healthier future, and it begins with getting involved:





REDUCING NEED
HUNGER
It seems impossible that anyone could go hungry for even one meal, in a country so rich with resources. Yet there are whole communities where hunger is an epidemic. That’s why we work to help ensure people have access to fresh, nutritious food. If you’re interested in helping, there are many programs that need volunteers, from working in a soup kitchen to staffing a mobile pantry.
RESTORING HEALTH
OBESITY
Obesity has become one of the leading contributors to poor health. As a way to combat the rising incidence of illness due to poor nutritional health, programs aimed at putting a stop to the root causes of obesity and teach about nutrition and fitness are springing up all over the country.

If this issue is important to you, find out how you can help.
RENEWING HOPE
MILITARY & VETERANS
To honor those who have served our country, we are involved in many activities that benefit members of the military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to express how grateful we are to those who served our country, particularly when they find themselves in times of need.

Find an organization near you to lend a hand.

OUR IMPACT

Building Healthier Communities

By engaging our 80,000 employees across the country and developing partnerships with local and national organizations, we are able to support the priorities of local communities. We believe that touching lives in a personal way and making resources available for improved health decisions has a cumulative effect. It is through grassroots community partnerships and the collective impact achieved by similar efforts, that the issues of hunger and obesity in broader society will be resolved.

RECENT PROJECTS

Sept. 12 & 13, 2018

#4 Team8 Tour Stop – Milwaukee

Washington High School of Information Technology
For our fourth stop on the 2018 Team8 Tour, we're visiting Washington High School of Information Technology on Sept. 12 & 13, where many students face poverty. The school serves as a safe haven, providing activities, a full-service health clinic and three meals per day for its students who stay late into the evening. We're providing the school with new fitness equipment and supplies, and volunteers will help overhaul the school's fitness spaces. We'll also host a fitness clinic to show students and staff how to use their new equipment.

August 16, 2018

Indo Jax Surf Camps for Visually Impaired and Childhood Cancer

Wrightsville Beach NC
UnitedHealthcare volunteers helped 35 families at the Indo Jax Surf Camp for Visually Impaired kids in July, and 27 families at Indo Jax Surf Camp for Childhood Cancer in August. Indo Jax Surf Charities provides ocean therapy for medically fragile kids and veterans suffering from PTSD, and believes that exposure to the ocean has profound healing properties and can build self-esteem and confidence.

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Bringing Creative Play to West Philadelphia

West Philadelphia YMCA
As part of our ongoing effort to Build Healthier Communities and decrease obesity, "Do Good. Live Well." is teaming up with KaBOOM! to give an Imagination Playground to the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA's West Philadelphia Branch. An Imagination Playground is a mobile play system made up of big, blue blocks which come in many unique shapes and sizes and has a dual ability to provide physical play as well as STEM learning component. More than 2,000 children who are enrolled in the Y's programming will get to use the Imagination Playground each year! On Thursday, Aug. 16 at the West Philadelphia YMCA our volunteers helped with on some cleaning and organizational projects at the facility. This volunteer project concluded with the unveiling of the new Imagination Playground, when the kids had their first opportunity to play with it!

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Bringing Play to Cumberland R.I.

Blackstone Valley Prep
As part of our ongoing effort to Build Healthier Communities and decrease obesity, "Do Good. Live Well." is teaming up with the New England Patriots and KaBOOM! for our 9th consecutive playground build together and the 28th playground we’ve built with KaBOOM! since 2010! On Tuesday, Sept. 18 more than 200 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and the community will build an engaging and safe play space at Blackstone Valley Prep's Elementary School #3 in Cumberland, R.I. that will help enhance the students' health and well-being. More than 400 children will have the opportunity to use this new playground annually!

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

D-backs Greens Harvest

Chase Field - Phoenix
D-back Greens are vertical urban garden, located outside the main gates of Chase Field. They have 180 square feet of planting space and contains herbs including basil, oregano and rosemary. As the seasons change, our volunteers will help harvest, clean out and re-plant the gardens.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

Pack the House

Chase Field - Phoenix
"Do Good. Live Well." and the Arizona Diamondbacks are teaming up for the last of three projects this year to support Kitchen on the Street’s Bags of Hope program which feeds more than 900 children in the Phoenix area each weekend. For the sixth consecutive season we’re going to "Pack the House" and provide 49,000 meals to hungry kids in Phoenix!

DO GOOD

Putting Compassion in Action

When communities come together the most amazing things happen; neighbors begin helping one another, smiles come more easily and the health of the community improves.
Learn how you can DO GOOD in your community:

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Some of the greatest need is just around the corner. Find ways to help improve the lives of your neighbors and community members. Through our VolunteerMatch tool, we’ll connect you with organizations and causes you care about in your area.

OFFERING YOUR SPECIAL SKILLS & TALENTS

The most profound volunteering opportunities often involve the assistance of professionals. Locate the need in your area that fits your specified skill.

LIVE WELL

Healthy Benefits

We all know that doing good things for others makes us feel good, but did you know volunteering benefits your overall health? UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute released the Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study. The study reveals that U.S. adults who volunteer report that volunteering has made them feel physically healthier and lowers their levels of stress, leading to feeling better than adults who do not volunteer.

There seem to be only good reasons to help others.

When we volunteer, endorphins flood our brain, creating an undeniable feeling of happiness. Simultaneously, our immune system receives a nice boost, we reduce the impact of stress in our bodies and blood pressure can drop.1

Socially, meeting and interacting with new people in new surroundings begins to build networks and communities of like-minded people, creating a sense of belonging.

Emotionally and spiritually, the experience of helping others can connect us to a higher purpose, giving us a sense of value and improving our self-worth.

And the earlier you start volunteering, the better. Research2 shows that individuals who begin volunteering when they’re young, have greater health outcomes later in life, including living longer.

You can start right now and LIVE WELL.




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OUR BLOG



Blog

Completing our 300th project!



On Wednesday, July 18, the Do Good. Live Well. team reached a HUGE milestone with our 300th project in UnitedHealthcare’s own backyard – Minneapolis, Minnesota. UnitedHealthcare teamed up with the New England Revolution and Minneapolis Park & Recreation to host a free Youth Soccer Clinic at the beautiful Farview Park in North Minneapolis. Since 2011, […]

Blog

Building Healthier Communities



Only one in four kids in the U.S. are getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity. Children are not getting enough physical activity at home, in schools and in their communities. For the 14 million kids living in poverty in the United States , play is too hard to come by as their families face […]

Blog

Making Healthy Easy



Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference. In my case, that simple thing was a carton of fresh strawberries. I recently volunteered for one of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” fresh produce distribution projects in St. Paul, MN where I had the opportunity to make healthy easier for those in need. It […]

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Changing a Life in Six Hours



Since 2010, “Do Good. Live Well.” has built 22 playgrounds in 20 cities and 13 states with the non-profit KaBOOM!. We’re proud to say these play spaces are providing healthier, more active lifestyles for nearly 700,000 kids nationwide. I’ve had the honor to witness many worthy children jump up and down, yell with excitement or […]

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Breaking A World Record in Arizona



It was cold at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 when we arrived at Avondale Middle School in Avondale, Ariz. Cold, as in ~40 degrees, which is FREEZING by Arizona standards, but not quite so cold for this Minnesotan. But cold was just a small distraction. The environment on the field at Avondale Middle […]

Blog

Team8 Tour – Denver



The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF), UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Northfield High School, today concluded its eighth and final stop on the Team8 Tour. Activities at the school included building and stocking a new food pantry, lessons on simple no-cook recipes for students, […]

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