United Way aims for a healthier Chenango

NORWICH – The United Way is hoping to significantly extend its role in the field of health care over the next 10 years.

The United Way of America has established a goal to increase the number of healthy youth and adults by one-third by the year 2018. According to the United Way, only 34 percent of the nation’s population maintained an ideal level of health in 2005. Before 2020, the organization hopes to see this number increase to 47 percent – an ambitious goal that will lead to 29.2 million more healthy adults nationwide.

Elizabeth Monaco, executive director of the Chenango County United Way, realizes the challenges of these goals, but believes the United Way can eventually have a significant impact on local health.

“People are beginning to see health as an important focus and realize the need for health care within the community,” said Monaco.

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