4.25-26.17 Baltimore Team8 Tour
As a way to provide tools for students in underserved communities to make positive, healthy decisions, UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative teamed up with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and CBS EcoMedia to create the Team8 Tour. The Team8 Tour is a national campaign aimed at encouraging young people to make healthy choices, build character and learn critical life lessons that will inspire them to be catalysts for positive social change.

On April 25 and 26 our volunteers helped with our Nutrition & Fitness Day at Frederick Douglass, where we provided support for their sports, healthy eating and community garden programs. On Tuesday, volunteers worked to rebuild the schools' garden, fitness facility and made various upgrades throughout the school. On Wednesday, volunteers hosted a Nutrition & Fitness Day for students to reinforce the importance of healthy choices and staying active. Activities included group cooking lessons for students, fitness stations and a community tailgate for all participants, which included food harvested from the school’s community garden. The day was made possible thanks to our volunteers and donations from UnitedHealthcare, The Home Depot, Aaron’s and BSN Sports.

Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School has a rich history that dates back to 1885, and counts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and entertainer Cab Calloway as two of many notable graduates. In an effort to create a hub of positive activity and resources for the students and the surrounding community, the school offers a number of programs and activities throughout the year.

However, nutrition and hunger are two of the challenges the school faces as it’s located in a “food desert” which contributes to students eating unhealthy, processed foods. Nearly 90 percent of Frederick Douglass’ students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and their need for healthier food options and increased physical activity is high.
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