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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    Familiarize them with new vegetable choices and encourage them to try different dishes. Add vegetables to home-made smoothies, make vegetable stir fries, and cook baked sweet potatoes for a colorful change from white potatoes. Your local bookstore may have the perfect recipe book that helps you i...Read More
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    H2O, otherwise known as water, can have a dramatic impact on your health whether you drink enough water on a daily basis or you don’t take in an adequate amount of water daily. Here are four smart reasons to drink water daily:
    Drinking a proper amount of water daily supports your energy levels....Read More
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    The best resources to determine if your local drinking water is safe to drink are local news outlets and local public works offices. The EPA now plans to tighten drinking-water standards to eliminate the carcinogen (cancer-causing) hexavalent chromium. Until that standard is implemented nationwide,...Read More
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    Mushrooms are considered nutrient dense and contain vitamin D, potassium, selenium, ergothionene and B vitamins. Because they are hearty and meaty, they can add satiating texture to dishes. You can add them to salads, pastas, stir-fries and omelets and they enhance the flavor of chicken, meat and fish dishes....Read More
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    If you’re trying to stock your kitchen with a variety of tools that will support healthy menus, consider the following items:
    • A good set of sharp knives to help you peel and cut up fruits and vegetables
    • A zester to help you flavor recipes with the zest of lemons, limes or oranges
    • Non-stick
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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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    In an effort to cut down on unhealthy saturated fats, most food experts suggest limiting red meat consumption and choosing the leanest cuts when possible. Even white meats, such as turkey and chicken, have saturated fat, especially if you eat the skin. If you're interested in adding more plant-based...Read More
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    Balance calories to maintain weight
    • Prevent or reduce being overweight or obese through improved eating patterns and physical activity
    • Control your daily total calories
    • Increase physical activity and reduce sedentary time
    • Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life
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    Did you know that five or more severe sunburns before age 20 increases your lifelong risk of developing melanoma? Melanoma is one of the three most common types of skin cancer -- and the deadliest. To protect your skin, use sunblock year 'round, but especially from May through October. During those warm-weather...Read More
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    You can initiate the change by sharing your healthy food. Being proactive and spreading the word to your roommates can help immensely. The “Freshman Spread” and the 20 extra pounds that a freshman may pack on come as a direct result of unhealthy eating.  Read More
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    One reason is that it benefits heart health. One study suggests that higher protein diets can help to lower blood pressure. Choose quality proteins like eggs, egg whites, turkey or soy bacon, nuts or seeds, nut butter or Greek yogurt for your breakfast meal. Then add one serving of a healthy grain, a fruit and you're...Read More
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    When looking for foods rich in antioxidants, your first thought might be fruits and vegetables, which certainly are rich in these chemicals. But did you know that black rice is rich in antioxidants too? Cooked black rice has more antioxidants than blueberries, and it also has more fiber. Black rice sp...Read More
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    Good news! Being active doesn’t require massive space. You also do not have to spend money for a gym membership. Make your body your gym. You can do pushups, sit-ups, and flexibility exercises -- such as yoga -- at home; that is a great start. Once a week, everyone can travel to a local park and play various...Read More
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    A trend among endurance athletes is to intentionally train with low glycogen (sugar-based energy) stores. Your body naturally turns to available blood sugar and then glycogen stores of energy during the early phase of exercise. Once that's burned, the body starts to force fat metabolism, the next available...Read More
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    Go for the sirloin or filet mignon as your “best and healthiest” cuts. You will probably save yourself about 200 to 1200 calories, depending on the portion size. Fattier cuts include rib eye, New York strip, T-bone, prime rib and Porterhouse cuts of steak. 

    Of course, grilled skinless chicken, fish or...Read More