Community Health Goal: To increase central Iowa's Gallup Well-Being Index score from 61.5 (2014) to 64.5 by the year 2020.

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Health means more than eating well, exercising, or regularly seeing a doctor. It also means having strong, positive relationships, safe neighborhoods, and access to healthy food and physical activity. 

United Way of Central Iowa is working to give all central Iowans equal opportunity to make healthy choices. Our specific investments in physical, social and community well-being are helping to raise the Gallup Well-Being Index score, a comprehensive measure of health, to 64.5 by 2020. 

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 WHAT WE FIGHT FOR

 


 

THE FIVE FACTORS OF WELL-BEING

 

PHYSICAL

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#1 most common childhood disease: TOOTH DECAY
- 5x more common than
asthma
- 4x more common than
childhood obesity
- 20x more common than
diabetes

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

PURPOSE

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In 2018 41.5% of Iowans volunteered, ranking 4th in the U.S. Volunteering has a positive effect on one’s sense of purpose and life satisfaction.

Corp. for Nat’l & Community Service

SOCIAL

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45% of people admit to feeling lonely.
Loneliness and social isolation are 2 of the most severe epidemics in the world today.


“15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering that will Inspire You” Joanne Fritz

FINANCIAL

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45,484 pounds of fresh produce were grown in the community and corporate giving gardens supported by United Way of Central Iowa, feeding 18,193 central Iowans.

 

COMMUNITY

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94,876 children in central Iowa demonstrated healthy habits through United Way’s 5-2-1-0 initiative in schools, childcare centers, out-of-school programs, and health care clinics.

 WHERE WE WIN

 


 

 

THE FIVE FACTORS OF WELL-BEING

 

PHYSICAL

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15,700 central Iowans accessed affordable dental services funded by United Way of Central Iowa with over $176,000 in donated care in the form of free services and sliding fee discounts.

PURPOSE

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More than 10,787 volunteers donated over 87,189 volunteer hours in opportunities sponsored by United Way of Central Iowa, a total of $2,217,216 in economic impact.

SOCIAL

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The Coalition to Advance Mental Health in Iowa for Kids (CAMHI4Kids), successfully advocated for legislation to establish a children’s behavioral health system. Highlights include:
$2.1 million in funding to the Area Education Agencies for school-based children’s mental health supports
A statewide crisis hotline
Clarification of eligibility
Additions to the state board charged with oversight

FINANCIAL

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45,484 pounds of fresh produce were grown in the community and corporate giving gardens supported by United Way of Central Iowa, feeding 18,193 central Iowans.

COMMUNITY

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94,876 children in central Iowa demonstrated healthy habits through United Way’s 5-2-1-0 initiative in schools, childcare centers, out-of-school programs, and health care clinics.

Example Health Programs

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Iowa ACEs* 360 Policy Coalition unites business, education and nonprofit leaders working to raise awareness about the lifelong impacts of childhood trauma. In 2015, United Way successfully advocated for improved ACEs data collection, and in 2016, United Way is advocating for statewide children’s crisis response systems.

*Adverse Childhood Experiences

LEARN MORE about Central Iowa ACEs

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5-2-1-0 is a United Way-led childhood obesity prevention program that promotes 5 fruits and vegetables daily, less than 2 hours of recreational screen time, at least 1 hour of physical activity and zero sweetened drinks. The initiative gives evidence-based strategies and hands-on support at places where kids spend a lot of time including child-care centers, before- and after-school programs, schools, and pediatric practices.

LEARN MORE about 5-2-1-0

Corporate Giving Gardens

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A corporate giving garden is located on land set aside in the green space surrounding a company’s offices, where employees use volunteer time to grow fruits and vegetables that are donated to local organizations that serve food-insecure central Iowans. 

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