Orlando Magic, UnitedHealthcare Fight Hunger in Central Florida

Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:30am EDT

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* Magic players Al Harrington and Kyle O`Quinn join 300 people to pack Hi-Five
Kids Packs for Second Harvest at the RDV Sportsplex
* Volunteer project to help more than 13,000 children in the tri-county area

ORLANDO, Fla.--(Business Wire)--
Orlando Magic players, Magic Dancers and Orlando Magic staff will join
UnitedHealthcare employees today to pack Hi-Five Kids Packs for the Second
Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 

The athletes and employees are working together to fight hunger and help the
food bank provide 13,500 Hi-Five Packs to hungry children in the tri-county
area. 

The Hi-Five Kids Packs Program provides nutritious meals to underserved children
who do not have access to school cafeterias during the weekend. Each Pack
contains kid-friendly food such as cereal, fresh milk and juice, fruit cups and
more. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida partners with 23 public
elementary schools in the tri-county area to distribute the Hi-Five Kids Packs
to children who participate in the schools` free and reduced-cost lunch
programs. 

"We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Orlando Magic and
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to make a difference in the lives of
underserved children in the tri-county area, and ensure they have access to
fresh, nutritious food," said T. David Lewis, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Florida,
Central North Florida Division. 

There is a direct correlation between obesity and hunger due to the limited
availability of healthy food options. Households with limited resources often
try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing inexpensive, energy-dense foods
that are filling. According to the University of South Florida, nearly one in
three children in Florida are either overweight or obese. 

"We know how important a simple, healthy meal can be for any child and the
direct impact that can have on their education and future," said Alex Martins,
CEO, Orlando Magic. "We are proud to work together as a staff and with our
partner UnitedHealthcare to provide youth in our area with healthy food and
assist in the fight against hunger in our community." 

This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare`s "Do Good. Live Well." employee
volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire
service and encourage volunteerism in communities where UnitedHealthcare
employees live and work. The Orlando Magic is committed to the youth of Central
Florida, serving more than 75,000 children annually with a focus on health and
wellness, education, and the arts. 

For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local
opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow
@DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook. 

About the Orlando Magic
Orlando's NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic's mission is to be world champions
on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On the
court, Orlando has won five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009,
2010), had seven 50-plus win seasons, and won the Eastern Conference title in
1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more
than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated
tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic
community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a
Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually.
In addition, over the last 23 years more than $18 million has been distributed
to local non-profit community organizations via the Orlando Magic Youth
Foundation and Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund
since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season
in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the
Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less
and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to
www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC. 

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF) is a member of Feeding
America - the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the
United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to
approximately 500 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida.
Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed
community, the food bank distributed more than 36 million pounds of grocery
products - the equivalent of more than 24 million meals - to partner programs
such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women`s shelters, senior centers, day care
centers and Kids Cafes. On average, more than 55,000 different people receive
assistance provided by SHFBCF each week. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit
www.FeedHopeNow.org. 

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 780,000
physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other
care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people
in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. 

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UnitedHealthcare
Courtney Johnson, 612-702-7703
Courtney_T_Johnson@uhc.com
or
Orlando Magic
Trish Wingerson, 407-538-0892
twingerson@orlandomagic.com

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