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United Way works for a healthier America

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Our Goal

Columbus Area United Way Goal for Health:

"Increase the number of youth and adults who avoid risky behavior and are healthy by practicing safe sex/abstinence, are not overweight, do not abuse tobacco, drugs, or alcohol and are not involved in violence."

Our Strategy

 The United Way partners with local agencies to provide support to individuals in the areas of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Access to Health Care, Safe Home and Community, Healthy Beginnings, and Healthy Choices.

Health Facts

  • 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.