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October 2018

UnitedHealthcare and City of Plano Host Inaugural Plano Families First Fall Fair

UnitedHealthcare was the title sponsor of the inaugural Plano Families First Fall Fair on Oct. 6. The City of Plano welcomed approximately 5,000 children and adults – many who lined up hours before the doors opened – to receive free school supplies, health and dental screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses, flu shots and much more.

Free and open to families who reside in Plano or attend Plano schools, the colorful fair offered attendees free bicycle helmets, CPR training, community resources, career training, puppet shows and giveaways.

UnitedHealthcare provided fairgoers with healthy snacks.
Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere (center, front), founded the event to strengthen Plano families in need.

UnitedHealthcare Donates Hasbro’s NERF ENERGY Game Kits to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio

UnitedHealthcare and Hasbro gave 75 children the gift of “exergaming” by donating NERF ENERGY Game Kits to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.

Part of a national initiative between Hasbro and UnitedHealthcare to encourage kids to increase physical activity, the kits feature Hasbro’s NERF products that are designed to encourage young people to become more active through “exergaming.”

Each kit includes a NERF ENERGY Game Band, a NERF PRO FOAM soccer ball and instructions to download the NERF ENERGY RUSH mobile game to get kids moving. As children participate in physical activity, they earn “energy points” that are tracked by the activity band, and these points turn into screen time to play the mobile game on a smartphone or tablet.

UnitedHealthcare is donating 10,000 NERF ENERGY Game Kits to elementary schools and community organizations across the country, enabling children ages six to 12 to receive the kits at no cost.

Cabanillas and Dr. Health E. Hound distributed kits to students.

New Health and Wellness Services Can Offer Texas Small Businesses a Competitive Advantage

Some of the biggest barriers small-business owners face are costs, time, and the inability to attract and retain talented employees.  

A recent Small Business Optimism Index showed that 21 percent of small-business owners cited “the difficulty of finding qualified workers” as their single most important business challenge.

One way small businesses may improve their workplace and make it more appealing to employees is to support employee health and wellness. Doing so may not only lead to a healthier, productive and more engaged workforce, but also may help attract and retain talented employees.

Comprehensive wellness programs that not long ago were available only to large employers are now accessible for small-business owners.

For example, some offerings include wellness coaching, biometric screenings, smoking-cessation programs, and even complimentary fitness trackers. Also, programs may include incentives that enable employees and spouses to earn reductions to their premium contributions, or receive merchant gift cards or gym reimbursements. And these programs are often administered by the health plan, so there is no additional time taken away from a small-business owner’s busy day.

Other health and wellness services may also be available through UnitedHealthcare, including Real Appeal, an online weight-loss program, and Motion®, a national digital wellness program that provides people with financial incentives for meeting daily walking goals.

For more information about small business health plans in Texas, visit UHC.com.