Health

 

Goal: Help children and adults in our community thrive by being healthy and active.

For a community to thrive, its members must be healthy. For that reason, United Way NCA makes strategic investments in programs that provide adults and children with access to health and wellness care.

Last year, United Way NCA helped more than 5,000 individuals access medical care and nearly 3,000 access dental care. Through our partnership with FamilyWize, we helped individuals save nearly $5 million on prescription medication in the national capital region. Click here to access the free prescription card or to learn more about the FamilyWize program.

Fun, Fly & Fit

Childhood obesity is a serious issue that affects children across our region. To achieve our goal of educating children and their families about how to eat healthy and be active, United Way NCA launched the Fun, Fly & Fit youth fitness and nutrition program at elementary schools and recreation centers in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County, which are two local areas where rates of childhood obesity are high. 

Fun, Fly & Fit has reached nearly 35,000 children in more than 100 schools, and more than $500,000 in physical education equipment has been awarded to participating schools.

As a result, students have accomplished more than half a million minutes of active play. By the end of the last school year, 100% of participating students reported that they met the Fun, Fly & Fit goals of consuming two or more fruits and three or more vegetables per day.

2-1-1

United Way NCA supports families in meeting their basic health needs (including finding food and shelter) by connecting them with community resources through our 2-1-1 initiative. This free, non-emergency telephone number connects more than 450,000 people in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland to human service information and referrals.