UnitedHealthcare Employees Give Back at EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York
NEW YORK (May 1, 2010) More than 100 UnitedHealthcare employees are rallying around the company's mission of helping people live healthier lives by volunteering at the 13th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Revlon Run/Walk for Women in Manhattan.
EIF's Revlon Run/Walk event is one of the nation's largest single-day fund-raisers to support women's cancer research, counseling and outreach programs in New York and Los Angeles.
UnitedHealthcare volunteers are staffing water stations along the route and participating in the 5k Run/Walk. Participants and spectators also have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer for community organizations throughout the event.
UnitedHealthcare's involvement in the Run/Walk is the first in a series of volunteering events the company is incorporating into its "Do Good. Live Well." initiative a collaboration with EIF's iParticipate campaign to inspire a new level of service and volunteerism in America. Additional events planned for Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Minneapolis will involve other community-based partners.
"Last year, 73 percent of our employees volunteered in the communities where we live and serve," said Dr. Mark Leenay, senior vice president of UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company. "Today's event is another opportunity for our employees to show their support of volunteerism and community involvement and to live our company's mission."
According to a newly released survey conducted by UnitedHealthcare and VolunteerMatch, a national nonprofit that helps connect people with volunteering opportunities, four in 10 Americans have volunteered in the past year. The survey also shows corporations play a key role in promoting volunteerism 25 percent of those who volunteer do so through their place of work. Of those, 76 percent agreed that they felt better about their employer because of their involvement in volunteer activities.
"More and more evidence suggests volunteering and community service can be a powerful force for improving both our communities and our own well-being," said Dr. Leenay. "Serving others can give greater meaning to life, stimulate and motivate healthy behaviors, and decrease stress and tension."
Of the volunteers surveyed, 84 percent agreed that volunteering improves physical health, and 95 percent agreed that volunteering improves emotional health. Eighty-nine percent of volunteers reported an actual improvement in their sense of well-being, and 68 percent reported an actual improvement in physical health.
UnitedHealthcare's commitment to its communities and cancer research and care extends beyond involvement in important events like the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women. For example, the company recently launched an innovative Oncology Care Analysis program to enhance cancer treatment. The program is a first-of-its-kind patient-focused database that combines clinical and claims data to gauge the quality of cancer patient care.
About The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)
The Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading charitable organization of entertainment industry, and has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support programs addressing critical health, education and social issues.
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to making health care work better. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, OptumHealth, Ingenix and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million individuals worldwide. See the company's 2009 Social Responsibility Report, "Healthy Living. Healthy Communities."