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Doing Good is Good for You.

2013 Health and Volunteering Study

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, August 26, 2015

“Pack the House” – Fighting Hunger with the D-backs, Phoenix, Ariz.

Chase Field
We're partnering with the Arizona Diamondbacks again this year to "Pack the House" and provide 49,000 meals for children in need - one meal for each seat at Chase Field. Bags of Hope provides nutritious, kid-friendly meals and snacks, which include fruit snacks, pretzels and fruit cups. The Bags are given to underserved children who do not have access to school lunch programs during the weekend. This is our third and final project to reach our goal.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Cafeteria Makeover

Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Washington D.C.
Through an innovative partnership with The Heart of America Foundation and CBS EcoMedia, UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” Program is supporting a READesign® Cafeteria Makeover Program at Bruce-Monroe Elementary School. The READesign® Program aims to transform school cafeterias by redecorating, revitalizing and reimagining the possibilities for these key gathering spaces in schools. On Monday, Aug. 24 volunteers will put the finishing touches on the cafeteria before it is unveiled to students, teachers and staff on the first day of school. They will assist with completion and installation of cafeteria décor and furniture, cleaning and arranging of tables, food service lines and equipment, building furniture, assisting in large school gardens, final cleaning and set up and more!

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Connecticut Playground Build

Woodruff Family YMCA
We are very excited to build our 18th playground in Milford, Conn. On Saturday, Aug. 22, the kids and families at the Woodruff Family YMCA will watch their grounds transform into a playground that will help enhance their health, achievement levels and overall well-being. The YMCA and the city of Milford estimate that over 17,000 unique children will have an opportunity to use this new playground!

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 1-2, 2015

Days of Service and Play

Los Angeles
Volunteers will help improve existing play spaces at the schools with the help of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and will work with Playworks staff to engage the students in fun activities like four square, jumping rope and dodge ball. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps provides at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community. Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that improves school climate, reduces bullying and increases student engagement in school through play and physical activity.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Fighting Hunger with the Minnesota Vikings

Second Harvest Heartland
Volunteers will help sort and package food at Second Harvest Heartland’s warehouse in Golden Valley. Minnesota Vikings and cheerleaders will stop by to assist in volunteering.

Sept. 15 & 22, 2015

Learning Gardens with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and staff, and UnitedHealthcare employees are joining to build and distribute “Learning Gardens” to seven Title 1 grade schools in Tampa. Learning Gardens are produce gardens that enable students to help plant and nurture a garden, and learn about and sample new fruits and vegetables. This project supports the Buccaneers Academies initiative, an educational effort that offers incentive-based programs and monthly challenges that provide fun, engaging and motivating opportunities to learn for more than 12,000 Tampa-area students.

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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