UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi Hosts Inaugural "Mississippi River Marathon" to Encourage Healthier Living in the Delta

Fri Feb 8, 2013 9:30am EST

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* Mississippi River Marathon to benefit Teach for America
* Weekend events will focus on empowering youth and families to be active and
eat healthy

GREENVILLE, Miss.--(Business Wire)--
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is hosting the inaugural "Mississippi River
Marathon" Saturday, Feb.9, part of a weekend of health, nutrition and fitness
activities aimed at helping people improve their health, well-being and quality
of life. 

Proceeds from the "Mississippi River Marathon" will benefit Teach for America, a
nonprofit organization that recruits and trains teachers who are creating
lasting change in the lives of Delta students. Through an Expo and news
conference kick-off, pasta party, full and half marathon as well as a
UnitedHealthcare 1 Mile Community Run and awards ceremony, the weekend of music
and events aims to bring together people from across the state - regardless of
age, ability or socioeconomic background - to learn how positive change in their
lives can put friends, families and entire communities on a path to better
health. 

"UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi is grateful for the opportunity
to host the Mississippi River Marathon and work with community partners to help
Teach For America make a difference in the lives of young people in our state,"
said Jocelyn Carter, president of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of
Mississippi. 

"Tackling obesity in Mississippi requires communities across our state to come
together in venues just like this to challenge our way of thinking about health,
and encourage our young people and families to engage in fitness as a family,"
said U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss. "Through partnerships like
this with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and the Mississippi River Marathon, we
will help people in our state develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime." 

Obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980, with
nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese, according to the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children from low-income
and low-education households are three times more likely to suffer from obesity,
which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers,
according to America`s Health Rankings, an annual comprehensive assessment of
the nation`s health on a state-by-state basis. According to America`s Health
Rankings` 2012 report, Mississippi ranked 49th in overall health, tied with
Louisiana. 

More information about the weekend of events can be found at
www.msrivermarathon.com. 

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational
opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990,
Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding
individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high
need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational
inequity. Today more than 10,000 corps members are teaching in 46 urban and
rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni are working across
sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For
more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and
Twitter. 

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives
by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness
needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company
offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than
780,000 physicians and other care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other
care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people
and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified
Fortune 50 health and well-being company. 

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