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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    A recent study found that adding walnuts to your regular diet can help at-risk individuals lower their risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. The study participants had body mass indexes (BMIs) higher than 25, waist measurements above 35 inches in women and above 40 inches in men, and each of the part...Read More
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    Knowing your family history from a health perspective means you and your relatives are now health aware. This may motivate you to schedule screenings at appropriate times and to engage in lifestyle changes that target and reduce specific disease risks. For example, if you find out that an aunt and...Read More
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    Several foods contain “sun-sensitizing” compounds like psoralen, which is found in parsley, celery, dill, cilantro, and figs. Other foods contain sun-protective elements that can help to delay or even lower the risk of skin cancers. These include carotenoids like tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, and pumpkins,...Read More
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    Studies show that eating whole grains can reduce inflammation. A recent study found evidence supporting the beneficial effects of whole-grain foods on biomarkers of systemic inflammation in obese children. Other recent research showed that eating whole grains like brown rice and barley, even for short...Read More
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    By law, the country’s dietary guidelines are re-visited and if necessary, revised every 5 years.  The guidelines are intended for individuals, ages 2 years and older, with the understanding that younger children need smaller sized dietary versions of the recommended foods. Since, 1980, the U.S. D...Read More
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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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    Guava was called “natural Botox” by a recent dermatologist guest on Dr. Oz’s show and is brimming with vitamin C. Get two cups a week for its benefits. Wheat germ has zinc, which helps with wound healing, and it’s also anti-inflammatory and great for acne too. Try to get a half a cup per day. Romaine lettuce...Read More
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    You would think that stretching would be the best way to achieve and maintain flexibility. Warming up your body first with some moderate level of aerobic fitness like walking, light jogging, jumping rope, and then stretching individual areas of the body gently, is currently is considered the best...Read More
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    Healthy teeth are an indicator of health in other areas, especially the heart. To keep your teeth healthy and white:
    • Wait at least an hour after eating before you brush your teeth to help reduce risk of tooth erosion;
    • Sip sweetened drinks and even wine through a straw to reduce decay and the...Read More
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    Both Mehmet Oz, MD, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch swear by their pedometers and fitness trackers. Indeed, charting your movement throughout the day can help to get you moving if you are not motivated and help achieve your daily fitness goals. When it comes to steps per day, 10,000 is the gold standard....Read More
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    Pregorexia is a term coined by the media that refers to a pregnant woman who exercises excessively and reduces calories dramatically in order to rigidly control pregnancy weight gain. There are no good statistics on this condition or these behaviors at this time. Although gaining too much weight...Read More
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    You should use the use-by (expiration) date on foods as a helpful guide to know when a food is no longer considered safe for consumption. Certain foods can be safely eaten past their expiration date, such as:
    • Milk: You can drink milk past the expiration date, using the smell and taste test. Also
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    You’ve probably heard about quinoa, an ancient grain that is high in protein; another grain called kaniwa is now beginning to grow in popularity. Sourced from South America, this grain is high in protein, gluten-free and an excellent source of iron. It looks a bit like red quinoa, but kaniwa grains are...Read More
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    Not only is weight training for children safe (if supervised), but it may reduce cardio-metabolic health risks. Research suggests that teens who weight train can experience lowered risks of cardio-metabolic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. 

    Until now, the focus had been to lower lower...Read More
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    Sitting still and not moving for hours -- something that can easily happen in front of the computer -- can put you at risk of blood clots in your lower extremities. Also, being sedentary and sitting still also means you’re not burning off any of the excess calories you are probably consuming. Here...Read More