Health -- Strengthening Central Indiana
United Way and its community partners provide resources and support for the physical and mental well-being of individuals and families in Central Indiana. We invest in child welfare, nutrition and fitness, mental health services, and cancer/disease screening. By keeping people healthy today and working to prevent future health concerns, we can ensure a promising future for Central Indiana.
Health challenges in Central Indiana
Indiana’s health ranks at 41st in the nation. We identified three factors that significantly contribute to that substandard ranking:
- Smoking – 26% of the population smokes, ranking Indiana among the highest in the U.S.
- Obesity – 31% of adults and 31.5% of children are obese, across racial and cultural lines.
- Diabetes – 10% of the adult population has diabetes.
We’re seeing success in our advocacy and investment
- An unprecedented alliance of civic, health, business and education leaders have committed to improving the health of Hoosier children by launching Jump IN for Healthy Kids.
- Programs supporting healthy and fit lifestyles – 34,100 people participated in nutrition & fitness programs.
- Meal delivery services – 11,574 seniors received hot meals.
- Substance abuse and counseling – 4,500 people received inpatient and 3,400 outpatient addiction counseling.
- Wellness and immunization screening – 6,578 people received wellness screenings, while 15,000 people received immunizations.
Join us in advocating for services and legislation that support a healthy life for Central Indiana. Learn more about our legislative priorities in our 2017 Public Policy Agenda.
A key part of our mission is to advocate for the public policy positions that support the work we’re doing. We hope you will take the opportunity to consider these issues and we look forward to working with you to help guide more Hoosiers on the path to self-sufficiency. View Agenda »
United Way has collaborated with Central Indiana high school and college students, community partners and early childcare centers to host a 5K walk/run to support youth health and fitness programs. On Saturday, April 22, Indianapolis and surrounding communities are invited to partake in the festivities at White River State Park from 12:30 - 3 p.m. Registration is $10 or bring a children’s fitness item.