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UnitedHealthCare kicks off its Do Good. Live Well. with Arizona’s Diamondbacks


05/09/2015


UnitedhealthCare’s volunteers will pack food so as to support, Kitchen on the Street’s ‘Bags of Hope’ program, which is aimed at fighting childhood hunger.



UnitedHealthCare and its employees have chosen the one and only Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondback’s shortstop along with Chase Anderson, its pitcher to jointly celebrate the commencement of the “Pack the House” initiative. Through this path-breaking effort, 49,000 meals will be served to needy children. If you are wondering what is with the magic figure of 49,000 – well that is the number of available seat in Chase Field.
 
There are numerous instances wherein children are provided discounts for their meals during their school week, but they do not get enough nourishment during the weekend. It is this gap that UnitedHealthCare and its team of volunteers want to fill. Bags of Hope will provide nutritious food, which kids generally finish at the blink of an eye. It will include kid friendly food such as fruit cups, pretzels and fruit snacks.
 
This is only the first of a series of the three projects, designed to ensure that 49,000 meals are packed and served to kids. The remaining two will kickoff on 20th of May and on the 26th of August.
 
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Kitchen on the Street to ensure Phoenix-area children have access to nutritious food,” said UnitedHealthcare’s CEO Joe Gaudio.
 
As per inputs provided by the Trust for America’s Health, there is a clear lack of healthy diet in children between the ages of 10-17. As per its records, nearly one in five children has issues relating to obesity. There is a one-to-one link between obesity and the consumption unhealthy food. Households which devote limited resources, often compromise on their food budget by opting for inexpensive and energy packed food.
 
“The D-backs are committed to helping solve hunger issues in the Valley. One way that we plan to help fight childhood hunger is by teaming up once again with past Grand Slam Award recipient Kitchen on the Street and UnitedHealthcare to Pack the House and provide more than 49,000 meals,” said Derrick Hall, CEO and President, D-backs.
 
In the UnitedhealthCare’s “Do Good. Live Well. ” Initiative, this is the latest project, which is essentially an employee-volunteer initiative, designed to prevent obesity by providing healthy food options. In combination with Arizona Diamondback Foundation, the D-backs, have, since their first meetup in 1998,  raised more than $41 million in combined donations. Furthermore, this season saw D-Backs raise $1.6 million.
 
 
References:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150429005069/en#.VUW_Bo6qqko






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