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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:

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.
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.
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.


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.


Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Fighting childhood obesity in West Virginia!

Mylan Park Elementary School - Morgantown, WV
More than one in three kids (nearly 36 percent) in West Virginia are overweight or obese. Contributing to the rise in the state’s obesity and diabetes rates is the fact that many schools have little to no budget for physical education. As part of our ongoing effort to Build Healthier Communities and decrease obesity, “Do Good. Live Well” provided a grant through Kids in the Game to Mylan Park Elementary School in Morgantown, WV to implement a program called “AMPED”, a before-school walking/running program to increase physical activity for the entire school through one program. On Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and Mylan Park Elementary School staff came together to kick off this new fitness program with the students.  

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

Pack the House

Chase Field - Phoenix
"Do Good. Live Well." and the Arizona Diamondbacks teamed up for the final of three projects in 2018 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’ve "Packed the House" and provided 49,000 meals to hungry kids in Phoenix!

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 helped harvest, clean out and re-plant the gardens.


Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Bringing Creative Play to Syracuse

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 City of Syracuse. 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 2,100 children who are enrolled in the City’s youth programs will get to use the Imagination Playground each year! On Tuesday, Oct. 23 our volunteers will help us build a Gaga pit and help with some other service projects. The volunteer project will conclude with the unveiling of the new Imagination Playground, when the kids will have their first opportunity to play with it!

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24 & 25, 2018

Team8 Tour Stop #5 – Minneapolis

Patrick Henry High School
For our fifth stop on the 2018 Team8 Tour, we're visiting Patrick Henry High School on Oct. 24 & 25. The visit will be themed around bringing the community together while providing health and wellness resources for students and faculty. On day 1, we're providing the school with new fitness equipment and an upgraded multipurpose space, as well as creating a new staff workroom and improving the school's community garden. On day 2 of this stop, we will host a fitness clinic to show students and staff how to use their new equipment, as well as make improvements to Northside Boxing Club, a nearby boxing gym that acts as a safe space for neighborhood youth.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Stop #6 on the 2018 Team8 Tour!

Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities - Mt. Airy Club
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia will continue the third annual Team8 Tour with a one-day stop at the Mt. Airy Club with the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities. The visit will be themed around supporting the Club as a safe haven for students outside of school hours. Team8 Tour volunteers will support a gym closet buildout, organize food and supply donations and refurbish the Club's Mindfulness Room.


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:


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.


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


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.




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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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