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Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and UnitedHealthcare Bring Educational Facility to Columbus City Schools

Nov. 26, 2019 - The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and UnitedHealthcare, also know as Team8, came together to help Columbus City School students get fit and learn the importance of making healthy choices.

The two organizations joined forces, for two days, to create a healthy lifestyle facility at Columbus North International School and Columbus Global Academy.

“We love opportunities like this because what it does it gives us an opportunity to catch people early, work with our youth in helping them grow up with an attitude that they understand health and wealth,” said Health Plan CEO UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, Rick Dunlap. “As adults we want them to be healthy and hopefully it starts early.”

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, based in Baltimore, coordinates visits to schools across the country and designs classroom space.

At Columbus North International and Columbus Global Academy, 50 volunteers helped build a multi-functioning health classroom and workout facility as well as a remodeled nurse’s clinic.

“It really is about developing those health habits early, whether it is being aware of what you eat, getting enough exercise -- and I’m not just talking about athletes, I’m talking about all of our kids in every school,” said Chris Rubright, Director of Programs for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.