United Way Works for a Healthier America
Whether it is a child without a safe place to exercise, a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, the Souris Valley United was is working to ensure everyone has access to a healthy lifestyle and affordable and quality care.
Since 2008, the United Way Worldwide has been working to achieve our bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018.
Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies, practices, and behaviors, will enable more people to live healthier lives.
What We're Doing
The Souris Valley United Way is committed to improving people's health. We fund and support programs like YMCA summer day camps, which give kids a safe place to learn and exercise when not in school, the Caring Program for Children which provides free primary and preventive health and dental care for uninsured children in ND who fall through the cracks in our health care system, and the Minot Commission on Aging which provides free, hot, and healthy meals delivered to vulnerable seniors in our community, Community Action Partnership which provides food to vulnerable seniors, along with several other programs and services.
- More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.
- Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.1
- The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.2
- 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
1Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3Compiled 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.