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Doing Good is Good for You.

2013 Health and Volunteering Study

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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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

School Beautification at Alta E. Butler Elementary – Phoenix – 12.28.16

Alta E. Butler Elementary, 3843 W. Roosevelt St, Phoenix AZ
In addition to setting the Longest High Five Chain World Record last month, and as part of our partnership with the Fiesta Bowl, UnitedHealthcare volunteers have the opportunity to join Ohio State players and the families of Butler Elementary in sprucing up their outdoor play space. With the assistance of Playworks and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, we will paint a new mural, update four-square, hop-scotch and tetherball courts, sidewalk paintings and much more!  

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Harry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry Food Distributions

Bonita Springs Lions Club
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida partners with more than 150 agencies that provide direct services to those in need, including church food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more. They provide food for more than 28,000 individuals each week, and last year alone distributed 20.4 million pounds of food, provided 17 million meals, and turned every $1 into $6 worth of food for those in need in southwest Florida. As part of our mission to fight hunger, UnitedHealthcare provided support to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and fund a series of five mobile pantry distributions during into the holiday season.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

#22 Playground Build!

Crisis House - El Cajon, Calif.
More than 200 volunteers from the El Cajon community in California and UnitedHealthcare came together to build an engaging and safe play space at Crisis House Community Resource Center. The 2,500 sq. ft. playground will help enhance vulnerable children's 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!

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



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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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Food Lifeline Mobile Pantry in Seattle



On Thursday, Oct. 20, twenty UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers worked with Food Lifeline staff and volunteers at a Meals for Minds mobile pantry at Northgate Elementary School in Seattle. At this food distribution, over 250 students and their families each received 22 pounds of food including milk, chicken, fresh fruit, vegetables and other nutritious foods. As […]

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