It doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we can reverse this trend by supporting programs that bolster healthy, preventive behaviors that pay off for youth, families and our community.
Providing Access to Nutritious Choices and Increased Physical Activity
One of our FACE 2024 goals is to increase by 1/3 the number of healthy youth in Orange County by the year 2024.
We will achieve this by collectively amplifying our efforts across the community. Taking action to increase access to nutritious food, enabling more spaces for physical exercise and play for children, and promoting healthcare awareness are all activities generating healthy outcomes for Orange County residents.
We help remove the worry of where a child or parent’s next meal is coming from through food distribution programs with OC Food Bank and Second Harvest so more people eat healthy meals.
And thanks to Waste Not OC, excess food from restaurants, events and catering firms is redistributed to those in need, ensuring more families have access to wholesome food.
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Working families often don’t have time to make or can’t afford wholesome food choices for their kids. And when their children don’t have access to safe, active play, adequate exercise and a healthy body image affect them socially and physically.
Our childhood obesity prevention programs target healthy eating habits and greater physical activity. Many OC families see positive changes in their children’s lives through our partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Child Guidance Center, Kid Healthy, Latino Health Access and Serving Kids Hope.
Increasing Access to Healthcare
When children and families don’t have access to healthcare, they’re likely making costly trips to the ER. That’s why we are determined to make it easier for children and adults to access healthcare for preventive primary care.
Orange County United Way At Work
Did you know...People without access to healthcare often rely on emergency care to treat conditions, often suffering severe outcomes due to infections and unmanaged chronic illnesses Learn more...
During our summer Fit Club, one of our students showed up 20 of the 24 days. Over the course of the program he lost 11 pounds, grew close to an inch and improved in every statistical fitness test we had. We’re grateful United Way believes in this program. It’s making a measurable difference!