Our Partnership with We Can!

UPMC Health Plan is the leading partner of We Can! Pittsburgh, a local arm of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition® program. Pittsburgh was officially designated as a We Can! City by the NIH on November 29, 2007.

We Can! is unique among youth obesity-prevention initiatives. Why? For its ability to reach parents as a primary group for influencing young people.

We Can! is a science-based, national education program that helps children ages 8 to 13:

  • Improve food choices.
  • Increase physical activity.
  • Reduce screen time (e.g., TV, computers, video games).

Civic organizations, parent groups, churches, and others can easily implement We Can! activities in their own communities. UPMC Health Plan uses its health care resources, leadership, and expertise to help We Can! Pittsburgh community partners roll out programs in their regions. In this way, We Can! empowers families across western Pennsylvania to be healthy.

For more information about the national We Can! program, visit www.nih.gov/wecan or check out the We Can! Fact Sheet.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition, We Can! and the We Can! logos are registered trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

Partner Spotlight

Check out these upcoming events and activities held by We Can! Pittsburgh partners. For more information about these events, contact the partner organization or visit their website.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum holds We Can! events throughout the year, such as an annual We Can! Day, Hula Hoop Jams, Family Dance Parties, family nutrition education programs in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, and more.

We Can! early childhood programs (for children ages 18 months through 3 years) are offered at the following times:

  • Tot Moves – Mondays at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Tot Yoga – Thursdays at 11 a.m.
  • Tot Hikes – Thursdays at 1 p.m. (late spring and summer only)

The Children’s Museum is working with UPMC Health Plan to highlight these healthy activities online and with signage throughout the museum. UPMC Health Plan also launched its Dining Smart Community program at the Big Red Room Café in the summer of 2014, to help families make healthy food choices while dining out.

Please visit www.pittsburghkids.org for more information about upcoming events.

UPMC Health Plan insurance members can enjoy $1 off per admission ticket (up to four tickets) by showing their UPMC Health Plan ID card at the Children’s Museum admissions desk.

We Can! Pittsburgh Partners

Several Pittsburgh-based organizations have stepped up to support We Can! Pittsburgh with UPMC Health Plan. Together, these organizations work toward a shared goal of improving the health and well-being of children and families in our region. Click on any of the images below or check out the We Can! Pittsburgh Partnership Poster to learn more.