United Way of Central Indiana brings together compassionate people who are committed to improving lives in our community.
For nearly 100 years, we have strived to help all Central Indiana residents achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by focusing on four key areas of community impact – Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs – in the six-county region of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.
United Way focuses on Health as a key area of community impact because we know that proper nutrition and exercise habits during childhood lead to a healthy, vibrant adulthood. A few of the successes you helped us achieve last year:
- 27,000 people participated in activities to improve fitness;
- 14,000 people received critical health screenings;
- 11,300 children received immunizations.
Nearly one-third of Indiana children are obese, and trends continue to move in the wrong direction. Childhood obesity often leads to obesity in adulthood, which has its own set of risks, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a plethora of other illnesses and economic implications. United Way seeks to improve the physical and mental health of Central Indiana’s children, families and communities by promoting the adoption of healthy weight and other healthy behaviors. Specifically, we will focus on two community impact goals:
- Reduce the child obesity rate in alignment with the goals of Jump IN for Healthy Kids;
- Improve state health rankings for Central Indiana counties.
To achieve these goals, we’re supporting Jump IN, a community-wide coalition of civic, academic and business groups working together to reduce childhood obesity in Central Indiana. Through public awareness campaigns, a shared public policy agenda, aligned employer wellness efforts, clinician training and promoting evidence-based strategies, Jump IN will serve as a catalyst for community health and wellness.
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