Louisiana 4-H and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Host Statewide Training to Educate and Promote Active, Healthy Lifestyles

  Louisiana 4-H and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Host Statewide Training to
  Educate and Promote Active, Healthy Lifestyles

  *“Made in the USA – 4-H Food & Fitness Way” focused on educating youth and
    communities in Louisiana about healthy eating with learning and
    fun-fitness activities
  *Event part of “Eat4-Health” partnership between National 4-H Council and
    UnitedHealthcare, aimed at activating thousands of youth nationwide to
    help fight obesity

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POLLOCK, La. -- March 18, 2013

Louisiana 4-H and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan hosted more than 125 youth
and adult leaders as part of a statewide training camp March 16-17, designed
to promote healthy lifestyles through better food choices, fitness and other
hands-on learning activities.

Louisiana 4-H youth participate in healthy activities with UnitedHealthcare
mascot Dr. Health E. Hou ...

Louisiana 4-H youth participate in healthy activities with UnitedHealthcare
mascot Dr. Health E. Hound as part of a statewide training camp held March
16-17 designed to promote healthy lifestyles through better food choices,
fitness and other hands-on learning activities. UnitedHealthcare Community
Plan of Louisiana sponsored the "Made in the USA - 4-H Food & Fitness Way"
which took place at 4-H Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. The event is part of the
ongoing partnership between National 4-H Council and UnitedHealthcare called
Eat4-Health. Louisiana 4-H received a $30,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to
implement the program. Pictured in the photo are Louisiana 4-Her's and Dr.
Health E. Hound. L-R: Acadia/Crowley County 4-Her's Amanda Cormier, Lauren
Hoffpauer, Maddie Foster, Madison Sitting and Peyton Setting (Photo: Susan
Stevison of Susan Stevison Photography LLC).

The “Made in the USA – 4-H Food & Fitness Way” took place at 4-H Camp Grant
Walker in Pollock and included group activities, educational sessions and
interactive discussions aimed at helping fight the nation’s obesity epidemic
through innovative thinking, learning and lifestyle decision-making. 4-H youth
from across the state participated in the weekend events, which focused on the
importance of healthy living and enabling and inspiring youth to adopt healthy
habits, learn healthy behaviors, and share them with their families and
communities.

The event is part of the ongoing partnership between National 4-H Council and
UnitedHealthcare called Eat4-Health.  Eat4-Health  is activating thousands of
4-H youth ambassadors from around the country to make healthy choices for
themselves and encourage friends, families and people in their communities to
make positive changes through training, creative programs and educational
events. It spans 10 states, including Louisiana, which received a $30,000
grant through the LSU AgCenter, which administers the 4-H program in the
state.

“These workshops are an excellent way to demonstrate the importance of healthy
lifestyles and provide our youth with the tools they need to address obesity
among their friends and family members,” said Mark Tassin, director of the LSU
AgCenter 4-H program. “These kids are extremely creative. We are giving them
the information and the tools to make a difference in their communities.”

“Eat4-Health is capturing the energy and enthusiasm of our youth and engaging
them to solve a national problem,” said April Golenor, president of
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana. “UnitedHealthcare shares in the
excitement of 4-H and is proud to support this camp and the 4-H program here
in Louisiana that promotes active healthy lifestyles.”

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan representatives, along with 4-H youth and
adult leaders, helped facilitate learning discussions, nutrition training,
cooking demonstrations and physical activities. UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr.
Health E. Hound attended the kick-off for the camp and engaged youth in
simple, fun group activities, and shared nutritional information and
healthy-eating tips.

Through Eat4-Health, Louisiana 4-H has developed an action plan to provide
innovative, hands-on learning approaches that target specific community needs
in the state. Many of these activities are supporting healthy-living programs
led by 4-H that encourage youth and community participation through events
such as health fairs, cooking demonstrations, after-school programs, workshops
and educational forums, among others. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
employees are teaming up with 4-H at many of these events, assisting with
planning and executing projects that lead to positive, sustainable change at
the individual and community levels.

As part of Eat4-Health, each participating state is organizing youth summits
to train 4-H youth ambassadors to implement the programs and help reach the
goals in their state. The Louisiana summit, part of the “Made in the USA”
camp, is designed to provide a venue where participants learn more about
nutrition, health and fitness, and gain new tools for promoting healthy
activities in their communities.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980, with
nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese. Children from
low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to be
obese. America’s Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the
nation’s health on a state-by-state basis, indicates that obesity is a leading
risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. The estimated
economic cost of obesity is $270 billion per year.

4-H reaches 6 million youth each year, 2.5 million of whom participate in
healthy-living programs that promote nutrition, wellness and physical
activities. UnitedHealthcare Community & State serves more than 2.5 million
children in 25 states and the District of Columbia. In Louisiana
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan serves more than 230,000 members, more than 80
percent of whom are children. 4-H and UnitedHealthcare share connections with
many of the same public sector and community organizations, including state
and county governments and school districts.

About 4-H
4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning
leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private
sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs
are implemented by the 111 land-grant universities and the Cooperative
Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the
country. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org or follow us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/4-H.

About UnitedHealthcare
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 in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth
Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

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Contact:

UnitedHealthcare
Molly McMillen, 952-931-6029
or
National 4-H Council
Victoria Houghton, 301-961-2915
 
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