Health


STEP UP TO HEALTH

THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM

  • Nearly 300,000 residents don't know where their next meal is coming from
  • A lack of nutritious food during childhood can have lasting physical consequences
  • One in six residents don’t have access to health care

OUR GOAL: INCREASE BY 1/3 THE NUMBER OF HEALTHY YOUTH IN ORANGE COUNTY BY 2024
While you might think that California is among the healthiest in the nation, our state actually comes in at 21st place in national health rankings. The fact is, many children spend less time exercising and often, working families don’t have access to nutritious food choices or quality medical care–and in some local communities the childhood obesity rate is as high as 51%.* We’re improving the overall health of our community through programs that provide food, nutritional education, physical fitness opportunities and access to quality medical care. Healthier children will grow up to be more productive members of our community’s workforce.

TOGETHER, WE’RE EMPOWERING CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES

  • Increased access to health care for primary and chronic conditions prevents costly trips to the emergency room
  • Innovative countywide food provision programs with OC Food Bank and Second Harvest ensure more people receive nutritious meals
  • Redistributed excess food from restaurants, events and catering facilities reduces food waste and hunger, thanks to Waste Not OC
  • Childhood obesity prevention programs target healthy eating and increased physical activity, including partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Child Guidance Center, Kid Healthy, Latino Health Access and Serving Kids Hope

COMMUNITY CHANGE AGENTS IN HEALTH:

  • 2-1-1 OC: 24-Hour Information and Referral Helpline
  • Health Funders Partnership of Orange County
  • Orange County Emergency Food and Shelter Board
  • Orange County’s Healthier Together Health Improvement Partnership
  • Covered OC/Covered CA

Help improve the overall health of our community by considering a gift to United Way's Community Impact Fund today. For more information on local health data, visit ochealthiertogether.org. Together, we are creating a stronger, healthier Orange County.

*Data taken from June 2010

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