HealthCorps

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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    What health professionals are involved treating diabetes?

    Creating a team to help you manage your diabetes can be key to maintaining an optimal quality of life and thwarting the complications typically associated with poor management of the disease. Know your medical team players: 
    • Primary care doctor -- He is your go to person for general care.
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    Can a certain sleep position minimize heartburn conditions?

    Sleeping on your left side and a slight incline could minimize heartburn conditions. People who sleep on their right side suffer reflux for longer periods than people who sleep on the left. When you sleep on your left side, you may keep the junction located between the stomach and esophagus above the...Read More
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    What are some therapeutic options to help one quit smoking?

    Luckily there are now a variety of options to help you “kick butt.” They include: 
    • Nicotine gum - used over a 12-week period in a program that allows you to chew up to 24 pieces daily.
    • Nicotine lozenge - requires you not to chew, bite or swallow the product and has a specific tapering regimen
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    What foods are included in the DASH diet?

    There is no deprivation in DASH diet, but you need to choose the healthiest options from the food groups and use portion control. It's also crucial to the diet to recognize that treats have a place in your diet, but NOT on a daily basis.
    Here's what you do you get to eat on the DASH diet:
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    Do I have to make pasta sauce from scratch in order for it to be healthy?

    Any Italian cook worth her chef’s hat makes pasta sauce from scratch, right? Well if she has the time she probably does, but many great mommy chefs (and even teen chefs) want to whip up a pasta meal with a great sauce, but time constraints may require cooked spaghetti and store-bought sauce. How...Read More
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    Is the flu vaccine safe?

    51% of customers who responded to a CVS pharmacy survey say they will not get the vaccine this year. The top two reasons cited by those who will not get vaccinated are:
    1. Concern about potential side effects
    2. Not being sure that the vaccine really works
    The CDC maintains that getting a flu shot is the single...Read More
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    How can I stay physically active as I get older?

    Choose fitness workouts that keep your legs strong. Research conducted on seniors in retirement and residential communities showed that those who had strength deficits in their legs were more likely to be less mobile. Once mobility is lost, it can be regained, but it is quite challenging for seniors,...Read More
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    Is walking after dinner a healthy habit?

    A recent study looked at a group of individuals who were over age 60 and at risk for diabetes. One half of the group took a 45-minute walk after dinner, while the other group took a 15-minute walk after each meal of the day. In both groups, walking (regardless of duration) right after a meal helped...Read More
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    What’s more important for heart health, exercise intensity or amount?

    If you have to choose between a long stroll versus a shorter power walk, which is better for heart health? According to a study published in the British Medical Journal (2012,doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001711) the less leisure time and the more active time you have, significantly reduces the risk of dev...Read More
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    What is kaniwa?

    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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    What are the benefits of exercise for children?

    According to findings presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention, cardiorespiratory fitness was a significant factor found to have a positive influence on both boys’ and girls’ reading and math test scores.

    Researchers gathered data from 1,211 students at five...Read More
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    How can I check air quality each day?

    Thanks to recent technology, the EPA and the National Weather Service have developed downloadable apps for smartphones that allow you to do just that. The AIRNOW app will let you check levels of pollutants and ozone by zip code. It now tracks more than 400 cities across the nation. The UV Index app...Read More
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    It's important to know when a food item is no longer safe to eat. One great habit to have is to always put newly purchased foods behind their coun...Full Post
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    Is prostate cancer associated with hair loss?

    Men who start to bald early on are more likely to develop prostate cancer later on in life, when compared to men who start losing their hair after the age of 30. One possible explanation for this is that men who bald very early may have higher levels of testosterone, or they may simply be more se...Read More
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    What are the best exercises I can do to lower my blood pressure?

    A recent report from the American Heart Association reviewed a host of different approaches to lowering blood pressure and found that aerobic exercise was the gold standard. Engaging in moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for 40 minutes, three to four times per week, caused significant reductions...Read More