UnitedHealthcare and 4-H Extend Partnership to Bring Food Budgeting and Nutrition Education to Additional 50,000 Children and Families | Business Wire

MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare announced it'll invest an additional $1 million to

extend its partnership with the National 4-H Council to deliver food

budgeting and nutrition education to children and families in Arizona,

Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina,

Ohio, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

Since 2011, UnitedHealthcare and 4-H have delivered healthy-living

programs to more than 340,000 children and families in 14 states. 4-H’s

expertise in community-based education and engagement. Its presence

in communities throughout the country make it an ideal partner to

address hunger and obesity at the local level. Nearly 16 million

children nationwide live in households that are considered food

insecure, meaning they don't have consistent access to food throughout

the year.

One of the programs, 4-H Food Smart Families, addresses food insecurity

and childhood obesity. Helps children and families eat healthier.

The program has reached more than 43,000 children and families,

distributed more than 14,000 bags of food to participants and provided

22,000 referrals to food safety-net programs.

“Food Smart Families makes a positive impact on communities by engaging

young people to promote healthy food choices within their families,”

said Jennifer Sirangelo, president &. CEO, National 4-H Council. “We look

forward to continuing this great work. Reaching more children and

families through our continued partnership with UnitedHealthcare.”

Food Smart Families uses teens as teachers to provide communities with

nutrition, food budgeting and meal-preparation programming. Engages

families through events. Addresses the social determinants of health

by providing referrals for government nutrition benefits and ingredients

for healthy dishes.

UnitedHealthcare and 4-H set the following goals for the Food Smart

Families program:

  • train more than 200 teenagers as 4-H Teen Health Ambassadors;

  • educate 50,000 children and families about healthy food choices,

    food-safety principles and budgeting strategies;

  • distribute 26,000 bags of food so participating families may apply new

    education. And

  • provide 25,000 referrals to SNAP, WIC and other food safety-net

    programs to help alleviate hunger.

“As many of us are 4-H alumni, volunteers, donors and advocates, we’re

grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with 4-H on

this important effort to bring food and nutrition education to the

people we're privileged to serve,” said Austin Pittman, CEO,

UnitedHealthcare Community &. State. Trustee on the National 4-H

Council board of directors.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live

healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting

consumer health and wellness needs. Sustaining trusted relationships

with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health

benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members,

retirees and their families. Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries,

and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care

professionals. 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.

UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:

UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more

information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com

or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

About 4-H

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows

confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for

career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people

across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.

4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative

Extension System and USDA. Serves every county and parish in the

U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000

local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent

programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The

research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times

more likely to contribute to their communities. Two times more likely to

make healthier choices. Two times more likely to be civically active.

and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. Learn more

about 4-H at www.4-H.org,

find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H

and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.

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UnitedHealthcare
Jessica Buechler, 952-931-6454
[email protected]
or
National 4-H Council
Cassie Reininger, 301-642-6979
[email protected]