UnitedHealthcare and IronKids Team Up to Help Youths Stay Active and Healthy

May 02, 2012

UnitedHealthcare will serve as the title sponsor for a dozen IronKids® races nationwide this year to help inspire and motivate youths to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

Open to participants ages 6 to 15, the UnitedHealthcare IronKids National Race Series features age-appropriate triathlon and short-distance running events that offer the opportunity to compete in a fun environment. The races enable kids to participate in physical activities they enjoy in their daily lives – swimming, bicycling and running.

“We are excited to work with an organization that shares in our commitment of providing young people the chance to be active and discover sport,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman. “UnitedHealthcare’s continued education on the benefits of healthy living fits well with the mission of IronKids, and we look forward to working with their team.”

UnitedHealthcare’s sponsorship of IronKids races is part of the company’s overall commitment to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity by promoting the benefits of healthy lifestyles. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three children is obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk of lifelong chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

“The IronKids races will create a fun environment where children and teens can strengthen their self-confidence and self-esteem,” said Jeff Alter, CEO of UnitedHealthcare. “Reinforcing the benefits of healthy lifestyles at an early age – and showing that exercise can be fun – will set the right example for our nation’s youth and create a culture of health that will stay with them for life.”

UnitedHealthcare IronKids National Race Series Schedule:

City Date Event
• Oceanside, California • March 30 • Running
• St. George, Utah • May 4 • Running
• Haines City, Florida • May 19
• Triathlon
• Lake Placid, New York • July 21 • Running
• Boulder, Colorado • August 4 • Triathlon
• Louisville, Kentucky • August 25 • Running
• Lake Las Vegas, Nevada • September 8 • Running
• Madison, Wisconsin • September 9 • Running
• Alpharetta, Georgia • September 16 • Triathlon
• Galveston, Texas • September 23 • Running
• Panama City Beach, Florida • November 3 • Running
• Tempe, Arizona • November 17 • Running

For more information about the IronKids National Race Series or to register for an upcoming event, visit www.ironkids.com. For more information about UnitedHealthcare, visit www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

The iconic IRONMAN ® brand and event series is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of IRONMAN in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE ® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owner and operator of IRONMAN, has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 180 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3 ®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl ® and IronKids ®. Supported by partners including Timex, PowerBar, K-Swiss and TYR, more than 200,000 athletes compete each season in the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Series. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

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. 

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