Meanwhile, without proper physical activity and nutritional education, more than one-third of our children are overweight or obese and in Stanton, the rate is as high as 51%.
Raising healthier children and families—part of our overall goal to build a more vibrant and economically productive community.
Orange County United Way At Work
United Way is dedicated to reducing childhood obesity and advocating for healthy children by investing and directing our efforts with local partners in several key initiatives:
Innovative food provisioning
The OC Food Bank’s fresh produce and food distribution programs supply USDA commodities, federal-fund purchased food, and donated food to over 400 local charities, kitchens and community organizations serving low-income families and individuals
Waste Not OC provides innovative, sustainable ways of reducing hunger and food waste in Orange County by acquiring and repurposing food donated by local grocery stores and supermarket chains, food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants, trade shows, food recovery and harvesting efforts from hydroponic and community gardens
Access to fresh and healthy food choices
Engaging parents and school children in health and wellness programs that measurably improve nutrition, healthy food choices and eating habits
Encouraging at-risk families to locate and visit full-service grocery stores where residents can buy healthy foods
Childhood obesity prevention strategies
Providing health and physical fitness education with mealtime intervention, behavioral coaching and nutritional techniques prevents childhood obesity
Prevention and treatment of nutrition-related problems in children and their families using a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals
Planned after-school activities for children and youth living in high-risk environments, where children learn about the importance of nutrition, physical activity and injury prevention
Increased physical activity
Promoting healthier lifestyles among OC’s young people with fun, daily physical fitness programs, ensuring that kids understand the value of exercise and the importance of fun
Healthy literacy for parents
Educating families on the importance of physical activity, how to read food labels to make healthier choices, and understanding how to utilize their health insurance benefits
Access to quality health care
Raising awareness of preventative care and the advantages of health insurance through Covered California and the Affordable Care Act
Every day we see people who are so relieved that they have healthcare in place. I LIVE UNITED because I believe in a healthier community.