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Doing Good is Good for You.

Our latest study affirms the positive effects volunteering can have on your physical and mental health.

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93% of U.S. adults report an improved mood thanks to volunteering!
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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.


Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Pack the House at Fan Fest

Salt River Fields
As part of our mission to fight hunger, we've teamed up with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the sixth consecutive year to Pack the House and provide 49,000 meals for Kitchen on the Street - that's one meal for each seat at Chase Field. On Saturday, Feb. 17, our volunteers helped us  feed hungry kids in the Valley by packing Bags of Hope at the Salt River Fields before D-backs Fan Fest. During this project alone, we packed 11,000 meals!

Thursday & Friday, Dec. 7-8, 2017

2017 Team8 Tour – Stop #8

L.G. Pinkston High School - Dallas
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia made the eighth and final stop of the 2017 Team8 Tour at L.G. Pinkston High School. The stop focused on the school’s needs for increased sports and fitness opportunities and access to nutrition. On Thursday, Dec. 7, volunteers organized new sporting equipment, improved the outdoor track area, and provided upgrades to the locker room, weight room and batting cages. The following day, volunteers unveiled the updated fitness spaces and hosted a fitness clinic and healthy dinner for students. The Team8 Tour is a national campaign aimed at encouraging young people across the country to make healthy choices, build character and learn critical life lessons that will inspire them to be catalysts for positive social change.

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Our 25th KaBOOM! Playground

Clarence Fort Freedom Trail - Tampa, Fla.
More than 200 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, organizers from KaBOOM! and the community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Rainbow Heights Park. The playground’s design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in October.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Annual Packing Project with the Orlando Magic

Amway Center
For the sixth consecutive year we will be packing High-Five Kids Packs for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida with the Orlando Magic. Over the years we've helped provide more than 63,000 nutritious meals to underserved children who do not have access to school cafeterias during the weekend.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bringing Play to South Houston Elementary

South Houston, Texas
"We're competing with technology and I'm afraid that before too long everything will be like the movie WALL-E." -Coach Blanco, PE Teacher, South Houston Elementary   As part of our ongoing effort to build healthier communities and decrease the incidence of obesity, "Do Good. Live Well." is once again partnering with KaBOOM! to build a playground build together - the 26th playground we've built since 2010! On Saturday, March 24, we'll be bringing play to South Houston Elementary School. Last fall the school and many of its students were affected by Hurricane Harvey. In fact, the school still doesn't have use of their gym, after flooding damaged the wood floor. With the helping hands of our volunteers, we're going to build a playground in a day, which will provide a safe and engaging place for the school's 950 children to play!

Monday & Tuesday, April 16-17, 2018

1st Stop on the 2018 Team8 Tour!

Samuel Gompers Middle School - Los Angeles
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia will kick off the third annual Team8 Tour with a two-day stop at Samuel Gompers Middle School in Watts, Los Angeles.  The visit will be themed around supporting the school in their efforts to be a safe haven for their students and a resource for their community. On Monday, April 16, volunteers will assist in making upgrades to the existing dance studio, improve the outdoor garden area, and provide upgrades to the locker room and weight room. The following day, volunteers will unveil the updated fitness spaces and host a fitness clinic and healthy dinner for students. The Team8 Tour is a national campaign aimed at encouraging young people across the country to make healthy choices, build character and learn critical life lessons that will inspire them to be catalysts for positive social change.


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.




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, […]


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 […]


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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