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ARTICLE UnitedHealthcare Donates $63,000 to Louisiana Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs to Help Broaden Membership, Programs


NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 9, 2012) – UnitedHealthcare is partnering with the Louisiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs to ensure that local youths have a safe place to learn and grow. UnitedHealthcare is donating $63,000 to the Alliance to cover the cost of annual membership and broaden access to programs offered at Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisiana for children enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana.


The Louisiana Alliance includes nine member Boys & Girls Clubs organizations comprising 40 Club sites across the state that serve more than 32,000 children each year. The partnership will expand membership to the tens of thousands of children enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, which provides health benefits and services to Medicaid beneficiaries in Louisiana, as part of the state's new Bayou Health program.


"We are very excited to partner with UnitedHealthcare to ensure our education and fitness programs reach more young people in our communities," said Pat Van Burkleo, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. "The UnitedHealthcare donation will go a long way toward helping us ensure that kids have a safe place to learn and succeed, no matter what their life circumstances."


The Boys & Girls Clubs offer children between the ages of six and 18 a range of programs, including education, fitness, healthy living, arts and leadership development.


"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to expand the reach of Boys & Girls Clubs programs and services, which empower local youth to attain their full potential, to more children in Louisiana," said Ann Kay Logarbo, M.D., chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana.


UnitedHealthcare also is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club/NFL Youth Education Town in New Orleans to offer JOIN for MESM, a community-based childhood obesity lifestyle-intervention program, to families enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Community Plan for Medicaid beneficiaries. This evidence-based program, which engages the entire family, has demonstrated promise to become a national model to meet the critical need for effective, accessible and affordable treatment for childhood obesity.


UnitedHealthcare serves more than 570,000 people in Louisiana, including more than 230,000 people enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.


About the Boys & Girls Clubs
For more than a century Boys & Girls Clubs has been helping kids BE GREAT, providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, the organization serves more than four million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs offer members, ages 6-18, a wide variety of educational, recreational, cultural and social enrichment programs focusing on three priority outcomes: increased academic success, promoting healthy lifestyles and improving citizenship and character. By enabling children to reach their full potential, Boys & Girls Clubs help produce confident, educated and responsible members of our community. Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world, providing young people with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff.


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 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.