UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi Hosts Inaugural “Mississippi
River Marathon” to Encourage Healthier Living in the Delta
*Mississippi River Marathon to benefit Teach for America
*Weekend events will focus on empowering youth and families to be active
and eat healthy
GREENVILLE, Miss. -- February 8, 2013
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is hosting the inaugural “Mississippi River
Marathon” Saturday, Feb.9, part of a weekend of health, nutrition and fitness
activities aimed at helping people improve their health, well-being and
quality of life.
Proceeds from the “Mississippi River Marathon” will benefit Teach for America,
a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains teachers who are creating
lasting change in the lives of Delta students. Through an Expo and news
conference kick-off, pasta party, full and half marathon as well as a
UnitedHealthcare 1 Mile Community Run and awards ceremony, the weekend of
music and events aims to bring together people from across the state –
regardless of age, ability or socioeconomic background – to learn how positive
change in their lives can put friends, families and entire communities on a
path to better health.
“UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi is grateful for the
opportunity to host the Mississippi River Marathon and work with community
partners to help Teach For America make a difference in the lives of young
people in our state,” said Jocelyn Carter, president of UnitedHealthcare
Community Plan of Mississippi.
“Tackling obesity in Mississippi requires communities across our state to come
together in venues just like this to challenge our way of thinking about
health, and encourage our young people and families to engage in fitness as a
family,” said U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss. “Through
partnerships like this with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and the
Mississippi River Marathon, we will help people in our state develop healthy
habits that can last a lifetime.”
Obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980, with
nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese, according to the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children from
low-income and low-education households are three times more likely to suffer
from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and
many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive
assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. According to
America’s Health Rankings’ 2012 report, Mississippi ranked 49^th in overall
health, tied with Louisiana.
More information about the weekend of events can be found at
About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational
opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990,
Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding
individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high
need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational
inequity. Today more than 10,000 corps members are teaching in 46 urban and
rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni are working
across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent
education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us
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UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier
lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The
company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals,
employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
more than 780,000 physicians and other care professionals and 5,900 hospitals
and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40
million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH),
a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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Molly McMillen, 612-353-7778
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