UnitedHealth Heroes is a wellness initiative designed to encourage young people, working with educators and youth leaders, to create and implement walking, running or hiking programs aimed at helping fight childhood obesity.
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to youth-led programs in Tennessee that include both an activity element, in which kids count their steps, and a service component that increases awareness, provides direct service, enables advocacy on behalf of a cause, or features youth philanthropy around the issue of childhood obesity.
UnitedHealth Heroes activities will begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (Jan. 21, 2013) and end on Global Youth Service Day (April 26-28, 2013).
To learn more about the UnitedHealth Heroes program and to apply for a grant, visit www.YSA.org/HEROES. The application deadline is midnight Oct. 15, 2012. Grant recipients will be notified in November. A list of previous grant winners is also available online.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million children in the United States are obese. Healthy habits, including physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing diseases related to being overweight.
“The UnitedHealth Heroes program enables young people to take part in positive change and develop healthy habits, which will affect their well-being while allowing them to give back to their communities,” said Janice Huckaby, MD, regional medical director, Community Plan United Clinical Services, Southeast Region, UnitedHealthcare.
“We are excited to see the creative ideas young people come up with to help fight obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles.”