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UnitedHealthcare Sponsors 2019 Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas was again a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Winter Games. 2019 marks UnitedHealthcare’s fourth year as a Year-Round Co-Sponsor, demonstrating support for SOTX and its shared mission of helping Texans live healthier lives.

Participation in 26th annual winter games was at an all-time high for SOTX. More than 2,600 children and adult athletes competed in the weekend’s bowling, volleyball and powerlifting events.

Photo Credit: Special Olympics Texas
Photo Credit: Special Olympics Texas

Stephanie Kellam, UnitedHealthcare Student Wellness Coordinator, Receives 2018 Texas Health Champion Award

UnitedHealthcare student wellness coordinator Stephanie Kellam has been recognized as a 2018 Texas Health Champion by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living in Austin, Texas.

The Texas Health Champion Award is bestowed to individuals or organizations who have mobilized community efforts to prevent and reduce obesity and promote physical activity and healthy eating through research, practice, policy development, social marketing, behavioral interventions or innovative partnerships. The awards ceremony on September 13 was among Texas Obesity Awareness Week activities.

Kellam has written grants securing more than $250,000 in funding for the Central and South Texas school districts she supports. She has also published multiple research articles focused on childhood obesity in low-income, minority girls as it relates to physical activity and nutrition.

“After a rigorous review process, the award committee was impressed by Stephanie’s clear passion and dedication to the field of public health and obesity prevention over the past several years and her continued work to create and provide sustainable wellness programs and initiatives,” said Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, Director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, in a letter to Kellam.

UnitedHealthcare Donates Hasbro’s NERF Energy Game Kits to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area

Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area were led through exercises with UnitedHealthcare mascot, Dr. Health E. Hound, to test their new NERF ENERGY Game Kit that tracks activity earning “energy points” in order to play the game.

As part of an initiative to reduce youth obesity, UnitedHealthcare and Hasbro recently donated 100 NERF ENERGY Game Kits to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.

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.

Marian Cabanillas, President of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of South Texas, distributed kits to children.