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March 2017

United Health Foundation Announces New Partnership with University of Houston to Fight Obesity and Diabetes in Houston’s Third Ward

(from left) Daniel O’Connor, fellow, UH HEALTH Research Institute; Dr. Salil Deshpande, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas; Renu Khator, president, University of Houston; Dwight Boykins, Houston City Council, District D; and Ezemenari Obasi, director, UH HEALTH Research Institute, announced United Health Foundation’s grant to the University of Houston to fight obesity and Type-2 diabetes on March 29, 2017.

A United Health Foundation grant to the University of Houston HEALTH Research Institute will support obesity and Type-2 diabetes prevention and treatment in Houston’s Third Ward and East End.

The new partnership, called Preventing and Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities in Houston (TOUCH), brings together an integrated network of partners and resources including University of Houston researchers, community- and faith-based organizations, schools and other educational groups, primary care clinics, local businesses, governmental entities, and public and private funders.

According to America’s Health Rankings®, Texas ranks 40th in the nation in obesity and more than 11 percent of Texans have diabetes.

The goal of this new partnership is to reach more than 5,000 residents and 3,000 families over the next three years.

United Health Foundation and the University of Houston aim to create a model for improving and maintaining the health of communities that can be reproduced throughout Houston and beyond.

UnitedHealthcare Partners with the Texas Legends to Tackle Childhood Obesity in North Texas

The Texas Legends honored UnitedHealthcare of North Texas CEO Scott Flannery (center left, holding plaque) and Vice President of Account Management, Texas Small Business Cindy Goodman (center right, holding plaque) during a pre-tip off ceremony on March 9.
The Texas Legends honored UnitedHealthcare of North Texas CEO Scott Flannery (center left, holding plaque) and Vice President of Account Management, Texas Small Business Cindy Goodman (center right, holding plaque) during a pre-tip off ceremony on March 9.

The Frisco-based, NBA Developmental League Texas Legends recently honored UnitedHealthcare of North Texas for its commitment to slow the growing childhood obesity trend.

For seven years, UnitedHealthcare has partnered with the team through a “Get Fit” initiative. The season-long wellness program challenges North Texas children to log weekly activities and adopt healthy eating habits.

The popular program has grown to include more than 10,000 kids and has seen children and their families turn healthy diet and exercise teachings into daily habits.

According to the 2016 America’s Health Rankings® report, 19 percent of Texas children are obese, and the state ranks 40th in the nation for obesity.

UnitedHealthcare Customer Service Center in Irving is Renovated to Include First-Rate Employee Amenities

Mike Baker, Vice President of Consumer Services for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the newly renovated UnitedHealthcare Customer Service Center in Irving on February 17.
Mike Baker, Vice President of Consumer Services for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the newly renovated UnitedHealthcare Customer Service Center in Irving on February 17.

UnitedHealthcare’s Customer Service Center in Irving recently underwent a $5 million renovation.  

It now features larger workstations with sit/stand desks for when employees need to stretch their legs. The building is also equipped with a fitness room, an outdoor picnic area and an employee recreation room to serve as a decompression space.

Currently, more than 350 employees work at the location, and there are plans of hiring 160 more advocates in 2017.

The Irving center handles calls from UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid and Medicare Advantage members.

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