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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

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Playground Build with the Patriots

Providence, R.I.
We are all aware that America’s kids are playing less than any previous generation.  Declining recess, a lack of safe places to play, overly-structured schedules and too much screen time have replaced balanced and active play…and now we find that one in three kids is obese or overweight. For the seventh consecutive year, "Do Good. Live Well." partnered with the New England Patriots and KaBOOM! as part of our ongoing effort to build healthier communities and decrease the incidence of obesity. Kids and families in Providence, R.I. watched their neighborhood park transform into a playground that will help enhance their 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!

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

UnitedHealthcare Learning Gardens Delivery with the Bucs

Tampa, Fla.
UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative teamed up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the third year to fight hunger and help teach children about where their food comes from. Volunteers met at Lanier Elementary School and participated in a brief program before being assigned to one of the nine other participating Bucs Academy Schools, where they helped deliver and plant the Learning Gardens. Buccaneers players and cheerleaders helped deliver and plant the gardens at Lanier Elementary School.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

UnitedHealthcare Learning Gardens Assembly with the Bucs

Tampa, Fla.
UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative is proud to team up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the third year to fight hunger and help teach children about where their food comes from. Volunteers helped build and paint 40 Learning Gardens, which will be delivered to ten Buccaneers Academy Schools in the Tampa area the following week. Buccaneers players and cheerleaders stopped by to assist in volunteering.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Team8 Tour – Denver

Northfield High School - Paul Sandoval Campus
UnitedHealthcare’s "Do Good. Live Well." employee volunteer initiative has teamed up with CBS EcoMedia and The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for the "Team8 Tour," a series of volunteer projects and youth programs designed to help build character, teach critical life lessons and encourage healthy choices that will impact thousands of young people across the country. The newest high school in Denver, Northfield has a vision of creating an inclusive and tough academic program, designed to erase academic divides by offering the rigorous International Baccalaureate program to all kids. More than 60 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and the need for healthy food options and physical activity is high. In partnership with Northfield High School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, volunteers will spend the day building a new food pantry for kids who may need food at home, packing healthy take-home meals, outfitting a home economics classroom, and leading fitness activities for local students. The day will end with volunteers preparing a community dinner for all event participants, including volunteers, students, Boys & Girls Club kids, parents, teachers and neighbors.

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 are partnering 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 will be volunteering on Thursday, Oct. 20, to help with the mobile pantry food distribution at Northgate Elementary School.

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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Celebrating Mobile Pantries in Tennessee



For the fifth consecutive year, UnitedHealthcare volunteers staffed a Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Mobile Pantry. The volunteer project, which took place on June 10 at OneGenAway in Franklin, celebrated our partnership with this great organization, whose mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in the community. “UnitedHealthcare […]

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A Sweet Start in the Heart of N.C.



Following up some truly amazing days in Houston, the Team8 Tour continued its journey of building healthy communities with a visit to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County was the hub for a day full of volunteerism, fresh fruit, outdoor activities, healthy lifestyle lessons, and community support for the area’s […]

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Packing “Bags of Hope” in Phoenix



I can’t help but wonder, as I usually do, about logistics for the day’s Do Good. Live Well. “Pack the House” volunteer project at Kitchen on the Street in Phoenix. I was a little nervous since this is my first time at Kitchen on the Street. When we arrived Lisa Scrapinato, CEO of Kitchen on the […]

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Magic in the Air in Orlando



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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Teaming Up toward a Greater Cause



With such a unique opportunity to make a difference for thousands of our youth across the nation, it’s important that we come together to address the challenges facing our youth. When we stand alone, it’s possible to achieve something good. When united toward a group effort, we can achieve something extraordinary. Having recently kicked off […]

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Putting Hunger in the Penalty Box



One in six people in Middle Tennessee don’t know where their next meal is coming from. To help feed these hungry neighbors, we teamed up with the Nashville Predators on March 24 for our fourth game-day food drive since 2014. With the help of our employee volunteers, we’ve collected enough food and funds from all […]

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