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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    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
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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. De...Read More