How do you build a healthier future? Think small.
Healthier kids can grow into healthier adults. That’s why, in our first phase, we focused on fighting childhood hunger and food insecurity to help today’s kids grow into tomorrow’s healthy adults. In phase two, we started to address the greater health and well-being of children.
Being hungry as a kid could lead to poorer health later in life.1 More than 1 in 6 children in the U.S. face hunger2 and 1 in 9 worldwide go to bed hungry each night.3 Also across the world, up to 20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders.4 That’s a lot of stress for our children and our health care system. So the Cigna Foundation is stepping up, and stepping in, to help.
Healthier Kids For Our Future is a 5-year, $25 million global initiative brought to life by Cigna and the Cigna Foundation. We’re committed to building better communities and a healthier future, one kid at a time. In 2019, we teamed up with schools and community groups to reduce food insecurity—connecting our partners with the resources they need to solve this worldwide challenge. In 2020, we added programming to address the mental health and emotional well-being of children, with emphasis on loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention.
At its core, Healthier Kids For Our Future is the bridge connecting community organizations and schools with the volunteers and resources necessary to make a difference. Our goal is to bring together the right people, with the right services, at the right time through our extensive volunteer network and grant program. We work with local school districts to understand the needs of their community, provide charitable partners with the tools to fulfill those needs, and mobilize Cigna’s 70,000 employees to deliver better results together—more than we ever could separately.