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We've completed two stops of the 2018 Team8 Tour!
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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

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Supporting girls soccer in New Jersey

Wayne, New Jersey
We're proud to partner with the Sound of Gol Foundation - a global nonprofit that supports youth development using the “world’s game” of soccer and the arts to empower social and personal growth. The Foundation was inspired by the animated series, La Golda, which encourages kids to take action and do good around the world. We're helping with a gently-used clothing drive at the Sound of Gol’s Soccer Clinic & Girls Tournament on Thursday, June 28 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Wayne, New Jersey. This free event requires participants bring a bag of new or gently used clothing which will be donated to a foundation for underserved kids in Rosario, Argentina. Our volunteers will help collect, sort, fold, pack and label the donations so they can make their way to Argentina.

June 6-7, 2018

#2 Team8 Tour Stop – Chicago

Austin College and Career Academy - Chicago
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia continued their third annual Team8 Tour with a two-day stop at Austin College and Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois. The visit was themed around supporting the school in their efforts to be a safe haven for their students and a resource for both students and faculty. Team8 Tour volunteers worked on improving the school’s weight room, dance studio and athletic facilities, as well as the school’s outdoor courtyard.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bringing Play to Tucson

Udall Park
The City of Tucson is facing a budget deficit. There is no money in the Parks & Recreation Department's budget to replace playgrounds that are old and in disrepair, like the one in Udall Park, which was 25+ years old, had started to rust and was missing pieces. As part of our ongoing effort to build healthier communities and decrease the incidence of obesity, "Do Good. Live Well." teamed up with KaBOOM! and the City of Tucson to build a new playground at Udall Park. On Wednesday, May 23 more than 200 volunteers from the community built an engaging and safe play space in six hours. We provided a safe and fun place for nearly 1,200 children to play annually!

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Wednesday, July 18

Partnering with the NE Revs to offer a FREE Youth Soccer Clinic

Farview Park - Minneapolis, MN
Since 2011, UnitedHealthcare and the New England Revolution have teamed up to provide community leadership in healthy living education. UnitedHealthcare is also the proud jersey sponsor of the Revolution. On July 18 the Revs will make their first visit to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota United Football club. As part of this exciting partnership with the Revs, UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well." volunteer initiative, along with the Revs academy coaches will be hosting a FREE Youth Soccer Clinic in an underserved neighborhood in North Minneapolis the afternoon of July 18. Volunteers will be assisting with inflating soccer balls, assembling take-home bags, set up and take down.

July, 26, 2018

Providing a free meal to children in Ohio

The Chiller - Columbus, OH
On average, only one in ten of the low-income children in Ohio who participate in the National School Lunch Program participates in a summer nutrition program. Summer nutrition programs, like the ones organized by Children's Hunger Alliance, serve as a bridge to fill the summer meal gap that so many children face each year. As part of our ongoing effort to decrease hunger, UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well." volunteer initiative is teaming up with Children's Hunger Alliance to provide children in central Ohio access to a nutritious meal during those difficult summer months. On Thursday, July 26 at the "Children's Hunger Alliance Summer Skate" in Columbus, Ohio, 50 UnitedHealthcare volunteers will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the underserved children in their community. The nearly 300 children at this event will receive a free meal, engage in some physical and mental activity, and get a bag of goodies to take home with them.

July 25 & 26, 2018

#3 Team8 Tour Stop – Hartford, CT

Hartford Public High School
For our third stop on the 2018 Team8 Tour, we’re visiting Hartford Public High School on July 25 and 26, where all 1,200 students live in 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 will provide the school with new fitness equipment and supplies, but need many hands to overhaul their fitness room and dance studio, medical clinic, and storage areas. We’re also hosting a fitness and dance clinic and need help preparing a nutritious meal for all participants.

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.




SOCIAL MEDIA

OUR BLOG



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 […]

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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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Senior Hunger in Minnesota



UnitedHealthcare employees have big hearts when it comes to helping their elderly neighbors in Minnesota who are struggling with food insecurity. In August, volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and kids from Mankato worked side-by-side at Vikings Training Camp to assemble hygiene kits. These kits contained basic non-food necessities such as soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste that were […]

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Supporting Harry Chapin Food Bank



As part of our mission to fight hunger, UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative donated $15,000 to help support five Harry Chapin Food Bank’s mobile pantries in November and December. The food given away at these mobile pantries is projected to total the equivalent of up to 33,000 meals, serve about 1,250 households […]

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