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Doing Good is Good for You.

2013 Health and Volunteering Study

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Join us now through Nov. 19 and pledge to use your social channels to celebrate everything that’s good in the world using the hashtag #DoGoodWeek!

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

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Guinness World Record Attempt in Phoenix

Avondale Middle School Field
The Fiesta Bowl Charities, Playworks, employee-volunteers from UnitedHealthcare, and third through eighth-grade students from the Avondale School District set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest High-Five Chain. The event took place on the field at Avondale Middle School in Avondale, Ariz. The previous record was set on Dec. 4, 2015, by 2,711 participants at Sacred Hearts High School in Taiwan. 3,473 children from Avondale broke that record and now hold the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest High-Five Chain. In addition to partnering on the World Record attempt, Fiesta Bowl Charities and UnitedHealthcare together awarded Playworks of Arizona a $100,000 grant that helped them expand their work to 50 schools, serving close to 35,000 students this year. Fiesta Bowl Charities will also donate the 2016 Cactus Bowl playing field to a school in the Valley. Included in the donation, made possible by UnitedHealthcare, is the installation of the field, a scoreboard and more.  

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Meals for Minds Mobile Pantry Food Distribution

Northgate Elementary School
Kids can’t learn if they're hungry. Because of this, we partnered with Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization which supplies food to different food banks across western Washington, to put a mobile food pantry in one of Seattle’s most in need schools. At Seattle’s Northgate Elementary 75 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, which means getting enough healthy food is a daily challenge for a majority of families at the school. Thanks to the Meals for Minds program it is now easier for these families to get the nutritious and kid-friendly foods they need. Food Lifeline operates an in-school monthly food bank for Northgate’s students, where families fill up grocery bags with 22 pounds of carrots, macaroni & cheese, milk, chicken hot dogs and other kid favorites right at school. Food Lifeline is able to bring the Meals for Minds program to Seattle because of our affiliation with Feeding America. Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare volunteered to help with the mobile pantry food distribution at Northgate Elementary School.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Sacking Hunger in South Florida

Feeding South Florida Warehouse, Pembroke Park, Fla.
We teamed up with the Miami Dolphins and Feeding South Florida for the third consecutive year to help fight hunger in South Florida. During the 2016 NFL season, we're sponsored the Dolphin’s “Sack Hunger” program where we donate 1,200 meals for every sack by the Dolphins’ defense. To make an even bigger difference in our efforts to “Sack Hunger,” more than 100 UnitedHealthcare volunteers joined Dolphins players and staff to help sort and pack food at the Feeding South Florida warehouse.  

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

#22 Playground Build!

Crisis House - El Cajon, Calif.
We're thrilled to be partnering with KaBOOM! on our twenty-second playground build! More than 200 volunteers from the El Cajon community in California will come together to build an engaging and safe play space at Crisis House Community Resource Center. The 2,500 sq. ft. playground will help enhance vulnerable children's health, achievement levels and overall well-being. More than 1,000 children and families will have an opportunity to use this new playground every year!

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Harry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry Food Distributions

Bonita Springs Lions Club
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida partners with more than 150 agencies that provide direct services to those in need, including church food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more. They provide food for more than 28,000 individuals each week, and last year alone distributed 20.4 million pounds of food, provided 17 million meals, and turned every $1 into $6 worth of food for those in need in southwest Florida. As part of our mission to fight hunger, UnitedHealthcare will provide support to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and fund a series of five mobile pantry distributions heading into the holiday season.

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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I was standing on a second-floor balcony at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando and I’m not certain, but I think it was the exciting scene below me which made my hands tremble as I held up my camera. I focused in on 200 volunteers including Orlando Magic players Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo, UnitedHealthcare employees […]

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