Helping adults and children in our community thrive by being healthy and active.
Good health is both a community responsibility and a community benefit. It goes beyond personal diet, exercise and the many other individual choices we make. The foundation for a healthy life is in the neighborhoods we build and environments we inhabit. When people have access to parks, bike paths, safe playgrounds, healthy foods, and good medical care, they are more likely to succeed in school, work and life.
United Way is creating solutions that help everyone thrive, creating healthier communities that improve our collective quality of life. We’re focused on expanding access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity and quality health care. To do this, we partner with local schools, governments, health agencies and other community-based nonprofits.
Fit Kids Fit Future
United Way Health Initiative
Fit Kids Fit Future teaches children skills needed for life long health, to reduce obesity and improve overall body functioning, all while empowering them to take responsibility for their own health. This groundbreaking physical education and health program is implemented in after school, drop in, and community programs. Youth are engaged to help them understand how the movements they learn will help them improve in the activities they care about most — whether those activities include playing sports, riding a bike or even playing video games. Started in 2017, Fit Kids Fit Future will begin as a pilot program in six local non-profits. Learn more about Fit Kids Fit Future.
If you need help paying for your prescription medications, there’s hope.
Prescription medications can be extremely expensive. To ease the burden for individuals and families United Way offers discounts on prescription medications through the free FamilyWize discount card. With the FamilyWize card there are no forms to fill out, there is no waiting period and no registration. The card serves as a reusable coupon on FDA-approved medicines.
2016-2017 Health Community Impact
STRATEGY: Achieve and Sustain a Healthy Lifestyle
Individuals who gain knowledge about health risks, preventative measures, have supportive relationships, feel safe and know how to make healthier choices, often live healthier lives.
▶ Result: 11,375 children, youth, young adults, persons living with disabilities and refugees were educated and provided options to deal with:
- Social and emotional needs
- Aggression reduction
- Bullying reduction
- At risk behaviors for pregnancy, STDs and HIV
- Domestic and/or sexual violence
- Medical interpretation
STRATEGY: Elderly Achieve and Maintain Health
Offering elderly assistance, resources and opportunities provides activity, purpose, safety and independence.
▶ Result: 3,519 elderly individuals received and improved their lives by:
- Attending exercise classes
- Participating in group activities
- Attending clinics and screenings
- Providing or receiving transportation to and from medical appointments and day care activities
STRATEGY: Reduce Addictive Behaviors
Women and families faced with addiction who learn to be accountable for actions, set boundaries, commit to positive change and make the decision to follow-through increase their chances to live healthier lives.
▶ Result: 249 disadvantaged women and family members received ongoing:
- Addiction services
- Therapy and counseling
- Positive socialization for children and families
- Mentoring, advocacy and life coaching
- Opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community
Questions about our health work or Fit Kids Fit Future health initiative? Email Betty Joan Beaudry, Director of Community Impact & 2-1-1 Mid-York, or call 315-733-4691, ext. 225.