UnitedHealthcare is supporting the March for Babies in the Roanoke Valley with a $10,000 donation. The 5K walk will take place Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center in Salem.
Each year, the March of Dimes hosts walks in hundreds of cities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The local March for Babies is organized annually by the Greater Blue Ridge Division of the March of Dimes. Participants raise money to support research, education, advocacy and community service programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Since 1970, March for Babies has raised more than $2 billion to support the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and infant health. According to the organization, more than half a million babies are born too soon each year in the United States, including more than 12,000 in Virginia. The cause of the premature deliveries is unknown in up to 40 percent of cases. March of Dimes researchers study the causes of prematurity as a step toward preventing it.
"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support the March for Babies, an event that brings attention to the important work of the March of Dimes," said Mike Weneta, site director for UnitedHealthcare in Roanoke. "We hope our support will help further the organization's research and advocacy efforts and help protect the health of more mothers and babies."
"The March of Dimes, UnitedHealthcare and its employees share a long-term commitment to improving the health and well-being of our communities," said Martina Cannon, division director of the Greater Blue Ridge Division of the March of Dimes. "As we celebrate our 75th anniversary this year, we're delighted to see how our efforts are making a real difference in the lives of so many babies and their families."
UnitedHealthcare employs more than 1,100 people and serves 600,000 Virginians through a care provider network that includes 106 hospitals and nearly 15,000 physicians.
More information about March for Babies is available at www.marchforbabies.org.
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 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.