The importance of physical health cannot be underestimated. Without it, it would be difficult to get an education, keep a job or support a family. Success in life begins with good health.
Recently, at the World Policy Conference, I was reminded of the importance of starting a healthy life. At that conference, I hosted a panel discussion on youth education and success in the 21st century. Dr. Juliette Tuakli, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of CHILDAccra, Ghana, is one of the experts.
When asked how to educate young people, Dr. Tuakli, a member of the board of directors of United Way Worldwide, said: “There is nothing more painful than educated children who are unable to learn due to poor health. . It’s very painful to observe because it is preventable.”
That’s right. This is why United Way is committed to ensuring that more young people and all people around the world live a healthy life, so as to live a life full of opportunities.
With partners such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are helping people connect with their neighbors to change the communities where they live, work, and play. With data and resources from companies and foundation alliances, United Way is developing effective community-based plans to promote:
- Establish a healthy start by helping families to provide a healthy start to their children through “Learning Born on the United Way” and similar early education programs;
- Be healthy, help children learn nutrition and exercise habits to help them succeed in school and life, and
- Enjoy health, help people enroll in health insurance and get the services they are eligible for.
In the 1,800 communities we serve, we are looking for solutions to the most difficult problems-and involving volunteers to improve our own communities. Whether building a playground in Flint, Michigan, providing sanitation facilities for female students in India, or connecting Georgia veterans with mental health resources through MISSION UNITED, we are fighting for every community To deal with its health challenges.
Our goal: By 2028, 90% of the US population will become healthier. When the community unites to support children, the elderly and others in need, we will make the entire community better and healthier. Join our voluntary service organization now and volunteer with your local United Way to make your community healthier.