UnitedHealthcare brought its 4-H Food Smart Families program to the Florida Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee Thursday, April 5.
More than 700 4-H youth from across the state, including 4-H Health Ambassadors, participated in the event by motivating Floridians to adopt healthy lifestyles and become ambassadors for better health in their communities. The 4-H leaders hosted healthy-living group activities such as hula hooping and skip ball, and challenged attendees to increase their daily steps. The event also provided healthy snacks and nutrition education to attendees.
Florida 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Florida 4-H reaches more than 200,000 youth in Florida through local clubs, camps, and in-school and after school programs.
4-H Food Smart Families trains teens as teachers to provide communities with nutrition, food budgeting and meal-preparation programs; engages families through local events; and addresses social determinants of health by providing referrals to food safety-net programs and ingredients for healthy dishes.
Since 2011, UnitedHealthcare has provided nearly $6 million to support 4-H Healthy Living programs in 18 states.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.
As the nation’s largest youth development organization, 4‑H 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. In the U.S., 4‑H serves every county and parish through our network of 110 universities and more than 3,000 local 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. 4‑H is led by a unique private-public partnership of universities, federal and local government agencies, foundations and professional associations. National 4‑H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4‑H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).