United Way Strives for a Healthier Valley
Whether a child who lacks food and clothing, a senior without health insurance, or an adult struggling with mental illness, United Way of the Desert supports programs that work to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
The United Way of the Desert’s goal is to encourage active and healthy lifestyles and to help promote access to health and wellness. Our residents should have opportunities to be healthy, both mentally and phycially, with the first mandate being the availability of nutritious food for our friends and neighbors in need. Most importantly, we want every individual - an ill child, a disabled adult, or an isolated senior - to feel conncted to a caring community.
Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they pose to ourselves and others. A healthy mind and body is paramount to success in other areas of life, so we ensure that our programs provide support to people of varying ages and cover an array of issues and basic care.
Nationally, more than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers. In the Coachella Valley, our number is even higher at 39.8% of our children or adolescents being overweight or obese. (HARC, 2013) 1
- Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.2
- Approximately one-third of Coachella Valley adults, ages 18-64, have NO health insurance. (HARC, 2013)
- 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools. 3
1 Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2 Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3 Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.