Our Mission

HealthCorps® is a proactive movement and vehicle for research and intervention, co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz to fight obesity by empowering American students to become health agents of change in their communities. HealthCorps administers a high school mentoring program in 11 states, conducts community outreach through Fit Town™ to enhance residents’ wellness and connection to Nature, and advocates across all government levels for policies that put physical education back into the core curriculum of schools.

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    Good question. Lately "five-fingered" shoes have become a craze. The idea is that they help you attain better running form because it feels like you are running barefoot. While they may improve your form, there are other factors to be aware of.

    Humans evolved to run on dirt, not pavement, and running barefoot or with...Read More
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    Cranberries are one of the most important sources of flavonoids, with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. They contain compounds that may contribute to antibacterial, anti-adhesion properties. That’s why doctors recommend drinking the juice to prevent and help treat urinary-tract i...Read More
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    Almonds beat out most for protein (6.0 g), dietary fiber (3.5 g), and calcium (75 mg). Brazil nuts have the most saturated fat (4.3 g) and magnesium (107 mg). Cashews rank highest in carbohydrates (8.6 g), zinc (1.6 g), and iron (1.9 mg). Hazelnuts win for folate (32 mcg). Macadamia nuts are highest...Read More
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    When it comes to nuts and some other dry foods, we have quite a few different tools to measure a one-ounce serving. This includes a small baby food jar, a shot glass, a 3x3-inch sticky note, a one-quarter-cup measuring device, and a small spice jar.
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    There are many healthy ways to serve potatoes. Add cube-sized baked potatoes to salads, stews, and soups. Top baked potatoes with sautéed or steamed vegetables and low-fat melted cheese; yogurt sauce; a vegetable sauce; or low-fat cottage cheese and cubed fruit or fresh vegetables. Create healthy air...Read More
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    With all the talk about reducing sodium in your diet, it’s important to be able to recognize sodium ingredients in foods. Here’s a list of sodium beware terms:
    • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
    • Baking powder
    • Soy sauce
    • Disodium phosphate
    • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    • Sodium ascorbate
    • S
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    It is so important to be a good influence on your children, and lunch is the perfect place to start. Fresh fruit cut in slices, peanut butter on whole wheat crackers, and small packages of whole-grain pretzels can really help lead them in the right direction. Read More
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    Try to hit all of these highlights to create a healthy lifestyle:

    • Choose a weight-loss goal that is sensible and can be maintained.- Go to your primary-care physician for a full physical to find out if your vitals are within normal limits. This includes your BMI (body mass index), blood pressure,...Read More
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    Oatmeal, both slow-cooked and instant, can help lower cholesterol levels thanks to its soluble fiber. For oatmeal with a lower glycemic index, choose steel-cut oats over rolled oats (regular, quick, and instant oatmeal). You also may find that you stay full longer after eating steel-cut oats. Make...Read More
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    Whether or not you have been told to follow a gluten-free diet, we can all benefit from expanding our whole grain repertoire. Here’s a list of some grains you should be using:
    • Millet - It’s high protein and fiber rich. When you cook it, it fluffs up. You can also toast it in a dry pan before
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    Most experts think you can target much of your daily calcium needs by choosing foods rich in calcium. Here’s a list of some familiar and perhaps new options:
    • Collard greens -- 178 mg calcium per half cup;
    • Okra -- one-half cup cooked has 90 mg;
    • Kale -- 1 cup raw has about 90 mg;
    • Dried figs
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    Eating at a food court in a mall does not need to be a diet or healthy lifestyle disaster. Here are some reasonable options for an occasional meal on the go:
    • If you order a large salad, make sure it has a source of lean protein, and always take dressing on the side.
    • If ordering a sandwich,...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:
    Eating at a food court in a mall does not need to be a diet or healthy lifestyle disaster. Here are some reasonable options for an occasional meal on the go:
    • If you order a large salad, make sure it has a source of lean protein, and always take dressing on the side.
    • If ordering a sandwich,...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:
    Try to hit all of these highlights to create a healthy lifestyle:

    • Choose a weight-loss goal that is sensible and can be maintained.- Go to your primary-care physician for a full physical to find out if your vitals are within normal limits. This includes your BMI (body mass index), blood pressure,...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:
    It is so important to be a good influence on your children, and lunch is the perfect place to start. Fresh fruit cut in slices, peanut butter on whole wheat crackers, and small packages of whole-grain pretzels can really help lead them in the right direction. Read More