UnitedHealthcare Celebrates Global Youth Service Day and UnitedHealth HEROES

Hundreds of youth-led projects and events addressing childhood obesity

are planned for Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22. These

UnitedHealth HEROES projects are funded by grants from UnitedHealthcare

with administration and resource support from YSA (Youth Service


Over a four-year period, UnitedHealthcare and YSA have awarded more than

$650,000 in UnitedHealth HEROES grants, funding nearly 1,000 projects

and engaging more than 75,000 kids across the country in the fight

against childhood obesity.

UnitedHealth HEROES projects are youth-led and capture the innovation

and peer influence that kids bring to the fight against childhood

obesity, one of the biggest issues facing their generation. Examples of

this year’s projects include:

In its 24th year, Global Youth Service Day mobilizes and

activates millions of young people to improve their communities through

service. Youth-led events and projects will take place in 100 countries

and all 50 states. Projects range from peer-education workshops and

awareness campaigns, to initiatives that address complex issues such as

childhood obesity, water scarcity and human rights.

“Global Youth Service Day is a moment when the world stands in awe of

young people and their power to create positive community change,” said

Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA. “UnitedHealth HEROES

invites young people to be a part of the solution to childhood obesity,

one of the biggest issues facing their generation. UnitedHealth HEROES

grants are empowering kids to be the leaders of today and


“With UnitedHealth HEROES, we are helping young people take action to

improve their health and the health of their peers,” said Kate Rubin,

UnitedHealth Group vice president of Social Responsibility. “This year,

we are engaging our employee volunteers to support these programs and

events. These kids are so passionate and engaged in their communities,

and we want to help them achieve their goals.”

For more information Global Youth Service Day, visit www.GYSD.org.

YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing

the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles.

Through mobilization campaigns, grant programs, trainings and networking

opportunities, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed

to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. Founded

and sponsored by YSA, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the

largest service event in the world, celebrating and mobilizing the

millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of

the year through service. For more information, visit www.GYSD.org

and www.YSA.org.

Connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/globalyouthserviceday

and on Twitter @GYSD.

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.