UnitedHealthcare today announced it is providing $600,000 in support of Healthier Tennessee, the inaugural initiative of the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness, a nonprofit corporation created to improve the health of Tennesseans over the long-term.
Healthier Tennessee is a statewide coalition of major employers, hospital systems, health insurers, YMCAs, local government, school systems and several health care-focused foundations and civic organizations. The initiative will encourage support of common goals; consistent measurement and reporting of results; and the use of proven, best-practice programs and tools in workplaces, schools, places of worship, and neighborhoods throughout the state.
"It will take the support of schools, churches, businesses and other partners to achieve the positive health changes that are the goal of Healthier Tennessee," said Rick Johnson, President and CEO of the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness. "I appreciate the support and active involvement of UnitedHealthcare and all the other organizations that are showing leadership in this statewide effort to improve the health of Tennesseans."
Healthier Tennessee will enable and encourage more Tennesseans to lead healthier lives with the goal of improving the state's health by: (1) increasing the number of Tennesseans who are active physically for at least 30 minutes five times a week; (2) encouraging people to eat a healthier diet; and (3) reducing the number of people who use tobacco.
"UnitedHealthcare's mission of helping people live healthier lives is very much in line with the goals of Healthy Tennessee," said Scott A. Bowers of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. "We are committed to supporting this initiative with the time and talents of our local team and appreciate the opportunity to work in partnership with other coalition members to make a positive impact on the health of Tennesseans."
Tennessee ranks 39th in the country with 31.7% of adults estimated to be obese, according to United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings report. UnitedHealthcare has been active in the work that began earlier this year to build consensus and partnership with local community leaders, major employers, health care-focused companies, schools and the faith community in support of Healthier Tennessee. Many UnitedHealthcare initiatives are focused on engaging youth and children in maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
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.