Volunteers Build Playground at New Jersey Park Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

  Volunteers Build Playground at New Jersey Park Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

  *Tab Ramos, UnitedHealthcare and Union Beach residents to build
    4,275-square-foot playground at Scholer Park in eight hours
  *Playground is one of three UnitedHealthcare will build along the East
    Coast in one day

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UNION BEACH, N.J. -- September 17, 2013

Today Olympian and coach of the World Cup-bound U-20 men’s soccer team Tab
Ramos will join more than 200 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and the Union
Beach area to build a new playground at Scholer Park, which was damaged by
Superstorm Sandy.

The new 4,275-square-foot playground in Union Beach will include swings, a
triple racer slide, monorail zip line and a rock climbing wall. The
playground’s design is based on drawings created by Union Beach children who
participated in a “design day” event in July.

This is one of three playgrounds UnitedHealthcare is building today as part of
its “Do Good. Live Well.” program, an employee-volunteer initiative to help
prevent obesity. Hundreds of UnitedHealthcare volunteers will build
playgrounds in Waltham, Mass., and Dix Hills, N.Y.

“As we continue to rebuild our infrastructure in the Borough of Union Beach,
we appreciate the playground UnitedHealthcare has gifted to our community,”
said Paul J. Smith, mayor of Union Beach. “A new playground at Scholer Park
will help the children of Union Beach and their families take a giant step in
their return to normalcy.”

Many of the residents in the neighborhood near Scholer Park are still
displaced after Superstorm Sandy. People who have been able to move back into
their homes must travel to other towns to take their children to a playground.
Most of the playgrounds in Union Beach were damaged by the storm.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with Union Beach residents to help
build a new playground at Scholer Park where children can play and participate
in healthy activities,” said Michael McGuire, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New
Jersey.

The volunteers are working with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization
dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those
who need it most. The Union Beach playground, one of more than 150 such
projects led by KaBOOM! this year, will be the 11^th playground created by
KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare.

For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local
opportunities to get involved, visit DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow
@DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.

About the Borough of Union Beach
The Borough of Union Beach is a small municipality with a population of 6,245
people located in the County of Monmouth. Union Beach has been devastated by
Superstorm Sandy and is in the process of rebuilding and restoring the little
Borough. Many of the homes have been lost and the infrastructure is in much
need of repair. Mayor Paul J. Smith and six Council Members (Mr. Tuberion, Mr.
Andreuzzi, Mr. Wicki, Ms. Roche, Mr. Cocuzza and Mr. Howard) together with all
the Borough Employees and Volunteers have put forth such a magnificent effort
in helping residents to find the resources they require to get the help that
they need and are thankful to all those who have helped.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they
deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less
time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having
disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall
well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in
1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play
within walking distance of every child in America because children need to
play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since
then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300
playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of
cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools
to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national
level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance
of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement
to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and
communities can work together to save play for children across the country.
All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit
www.kaboom.org.

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
780,000 physicians and 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
Courtney Johnson, 612-702-7703
Courtney_T_Johnson@uhc.com
 
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