|[March 18, 2013]
Louisiana 4-H and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Host Statewide Training to Educate and Promote Active, Healthy Lifestyles
POLLOCK, La. --(Business Wire)--
Louisiana 4-H and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan hosted more than 125
youth and adult leaders as part of a statewide training camp March
16-17, designed to promote healthy lifestyles through better food
choices, fitness and other hands-on learning activities.
Louisiana 4-H youth participate in healthy activities with UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound as part of a statewide training camp held March 16-17 designed to promote healthy lifestyles through better food choices, fitness and other hands-on learning activities. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana sponsored the "Made in the USA - 4-H Food & Fitness Way" which took place at 4-H Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. The event is part of the ongoing partnership between National 4-H Council and UnitedHealthcare called Eat4-Health. Louisiana 4-H received a $30,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to implement the program. Pictured in the photo are Louisiana 4-Her's and Dr. Health E. Hound. L-R: Acadia/Crowley County 4-Her's Amanda Cormier, Lauren Hoffpauer, Maddie Foster, Madison Sitting and Peyton Setting (Photo: Susan Stevison of Susan Stevison Photography LLC).
The "Made in the USA - 4-H Food & Fitness Way" took place at 4-H Camp
Grant Walker in Pollock and included group activities, educational
sessions and interactive discussions aimed at helping fight the nation's
obesity epidemic through innovative thinking, learning and lifestyle
decision-making. 4-H youth from across the state participated in the
weekend events, which focused on the importance of healthy living and
enabling and inspiring youth to adopt healthy habits, learn healthy
behaviors, and share them with their families and communities.
The event is part of the ongoing partnership between National 4-H
Council and UnitedHealthcare called Eat4-Health. Eat4-Health
is activating thousands of 4-H youth ambassadors from around the
country to make healthy choices for themselves and encourage friends,
families and people in their communities to make positive changes
through training, creative programs and educational events. It spans 10
states, including Louisiana, which received a $30,000 grant through the
LSU AgCenter, which administers the 4-H program in the state.
"These workshops are an excellent way to demonstrate the importance of
healthy lifestyles and provide our youth with the tools they need to
address obesity among their friends and family members," said Mark
Tassin, director of he LSU AgCenter 4-H program. "These kids are
extremely creative. We are giving them the information and the tools to
make a difference in their communities."
"Eat4-Health is capturing the energy and enthusiasm of our youth and
engaging them to solve a national problem," said April Golenor,
president of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana.
"UnitedHealthcare shares in the excitement of 4-H and is proud to
support this camp and the 4-H program here in Louisiana that promotes
active healthy lifestyles."
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan representatives, along with 4-H youth
and adult leaders, helped facilitate learning discussions, nutrition
training, cooking demonstrations and physical activities.
UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound attended the kick-off for
the camp and engaged youth in simple, fun group activities, and shared
nutritional information and healthy-eating tips.
Through Eat4-Health, Louisiana 4-H has developed an action plan
to provide innovative, hands-on learning approaches that target specific
community needs in the state. Many of these activities are supporting
healthy-living programs led by 4-H that encourage youth and community
participation through events such as health fairs, cooking
demonstrations, after-school programs, workshops and educational forums,
among others. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan employees are teaming up
with 4-H at many of these events, assisting with planning and executing
projects that lead to positive, sustainable change at the individual and
As part of Eat4-Health, each participating state is organizing
youth summits to train 4-H youth ambassadors to implement the programs
and help reach the goals in their state. The Louisiana summit, part of
the "Made in the USA" camp, is designed to provide a venue where
participants learn more about nutrition, health and fitness, and gain
new tools for promoting healthy activities in their communities.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980,
with nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese.
Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times
more likely to be obese. America's Health Rankings®, an annual
comprehensive assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state
basis, indicates that obesity is a leading risk factor for diabetes,
heart disease and many cancers. The estimated economic cost of obesity
is $270 billion per year.
4-H reaches 6 million youth each year, 2.5 million of whom participate
in healthy-living programs that promote nutrition, wellness and physical
activities. UnitedHealthcare Community & State serves more than 2.5
million children in 25 states and the District of Columbia. In Louisiana
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan serves more than 230,000 members, more
than 80 percent of whom are children. 4-H and UnitedHealthcare share
connections with many of the same public sector and community
organizations, including state and county governments and school
4-H is a community of six million young people
across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H
National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and
Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs are implemented by the 111
land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through
their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about
4-H at www.4-H.org
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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 780,000 physicians and other 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
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