Walking is good for the body and soul. It’s also good for the mind, especially when the walk is part of a massive effort to raise awareness and funds to battle the mind-destroying disease, Alzheimer’s.
As part of the company’s commitment to healthy bodies and minds, UnitedHealthcare is committing $100,000 to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 34 communities across Texas. UnitedHealthcare is the first statewide sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest annual event series.
“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an important part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to support research for a disease for which there is no known cure or treatment,” said Don Langer, president & CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas.
For UnitedHealthcare, however, the commitment to end Alzheimer’s is more than just monetary; it is personal.
Mr. Langer, for example, serves as chairman of the 2015 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Other UHC employees are engaged as volunteers at local walk events across the state and nation and as members of The UnitedHealth Group National Walk Team. The Walk Team, which includes employees and volunteers from UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare and Optum, has provided more than 600 walkers in 78 walks across the nation, to date.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Brownsville, Temple and Houston will be greeted by Dr. Health E. Hound, the ever-popular UnitedHealthcare Community Plan mascot who inspires kids to stay fit and healthy. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan will also have information booths at each walk.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, yet there is no known medicine or treatment that can prevent or cure the disease. More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, affecting more than 15 million family members, friends and caregivers, many of whom may be members of UnitedHealthcare. Which is one of the reasons why UnitedHealthcare has stepped up in Texas to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s effort to find new treatments, preventions, and ultimately, a cure for the disease.