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.
As health is central to academic achievement and families' ability to achieve financial stability, we embed a focus on health and wellness throughout our work. We also act as strong proponents for public policies that strengthen our efforts to help children and adults in the national capital area to be healthy.
Fun, Fly & Fit
Childhood obesity is a serious issue that affects children across our region. United Way NCA has provided the Fun, Fly & Fit youth fitness and nutrition program at 16 Before and After-care programs at elementary schools in Prince George’s County. As a result, students have accomplished more than 950,000 minutes of active play.
Fun, Fly & Fit teaches children the benefits of eating healthy, exercising daily and making smart choices. The program also extends beyond school walls as children take the lessons they learn from their Fun, Fly & Fit coaches back to their families, which serves to motivate and inspire them and amplify the effects of the program.
Fun, Fly & Fit schools also participate in annual events such as Recess with the Redskins and the Hometown Huddle rallies with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
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.