UnitedHealthcare Teams Up with IRONKIDS to Energize New York Youth During Fun Run in Syracuse

June 18, 2014
  • UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Syracuse Fun Run takes place Saturday, June 21, at Jamesville Beach Park
  • UnitedHealthcare to sponsor participation and make donation to Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse to support youth health programs

UnitedHealthcare is teaming up with IRONKIDS® for the UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Syracuse Fun Run to inspire and motivate young people to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles.

The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Syracuse Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Jamesville Beach Park, 201 Hamilton Street in Jamesville. Participating children and their families are encouraged to arrive early. Onsite registration and pre-event activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and include healthy snacks, games, arts and crafts, educational materials and warm-up exercises.

UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound will lead warm-up exercises and join the kids at the starting line to officially kick-off the race. Families, community leaders, UnitedHealthcare employees and IRONMAN supporters will line the course to cheer the young runners on their quest to be “IRONKIDS.” Runners will receive race bibs, T-shirts and medals at the finish line.

Syracuse-area kids and families are invited to participate. The cost for registration is $15 for kids ages 3 to 15. Registration details are available at www.IRONKIDS.com.

This is the second year UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring the one-mile Fun Run in Syracuse. The age-appropriate (¼ mile, ½ mile and 1 mile) course for “triathletes to be” will take place along portions of Syracuse IRONMAN 70.3 course, which begins the next day.

UnitedHealthcare and IRONKIDS are providing 100 free registrations to Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse youth and will donate $15 to the Boys & Girls Club for each registered runner, up to the first 200 participants. The donation will support Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse’s after-school health programs.

“This IRONKIDS Fun Run is a great way for children and families in New York to enhance their health and well-being,” said Pat Celli, president of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Boys & Girls Club and inspire young people to be active and stay healthy.”

This is the third year UnitedHealthcare is supporting IRONKIDS as part of the company’s commitment to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through healthy lifestyles. Obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980, with nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. New York ranks 15th in the country, with nearly 11 percent of youth estimated to be obese.

The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS 2014 Running Series features nine one-mile Fun Runs and a dip-and-dash, as well as music and health expos, and the opportunity to watch IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events with hundreds of spectators.

“We are thrilled to have UnitedHealthcare team up with IRONKIDS to sponsor these youth events across the country as part of our IRONMAN series,” said Carola Ross, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for IRONMAN North America. “The opportunity Fun Runs give children in these communities is tremendous, as these races can be the catalyst for a lifetime of exercise and healthy living.”

UnitedHealthcare offers health benefits, including employer-sponsored, Medicare and Medicaid health plans, to more than 4 million New Yorkers and partners with more than 62,000 physicians across the state. For more information about UnitedHealthcare, visit www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

After being acquired from the Sara Lee Corporation, which owned the event series since 1985, IRONKIDS® launched in 2009 with nine events in the IRONKIDS® National Triathlon Series. Since the inaugural year, IRONKIDS has seen more than 60,000 participants and has grown to over 40 events worldwide including races in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The brand represents a multi-dimensional approach to creating positive experiences for athletes, families and communities as, as well as embodies achievement and determination while fostering self-esteem. The IRONKIDS mission is to inspire and motivate through the sport to live an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. For more information visit www.ironkids.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 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 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.

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