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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    To care of your skin:
    • Wash using soap and water.
    • Eat a balanced diet to nourish the skin.
    • Apply a sunscreen with a sun protective factor (both UVA and UVB) of 15 or more 15 to 30 minutes before going outside.
    • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun; it can lead to skin cancer.
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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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    There are rumblings among health experts about the possible downside of taking calcium supplements. According to a study published in the journal Heart, people who took calcium supplements on a regular basis were twice as likely to have heart attacks as their counterparts who did not use this sup...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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    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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    Between jet lag and the disruption of being away from your regular routine, you may be challenged to find ways to fit in exercise while vacationing. Typically if you are visiting a foreign country, you will probably walk a lot, which can help you to preserve your level of fitness, especially if some of the walking...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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    We all know that exercise has a range of physical and mental benefits. That’s why kids (and adults) should exercise daily. A new study now suggests that watching nature scenes on video while exercising may offer additional health benefits.

    The Conventry University study published in the Intern...Read More
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    The usual tips like walk or bike to work, even part of the way, walk stairs whenever possible can help. Also remember that you can divide up your “dose of exercise” and do it in smaller increments throughout the day, as long as you elevate your heart rate during each experience. Keep weights at your...Read More
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    A recent study of preschoolers suggests that young children are developing a taste for salt, sugar and fat because of what they are fed at home. Furthermore, these young children can already match their food preferences to brand name fast food and soda. Parents tackling home nutrition challenges need to remember that it may take...Read More
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    This type of exercise, which raises your heart rate, helps to strengthen your heart, which is actually a muscle. A new study suggests that you still get maximal benefits from aerobic exercise, even if you do it on the same day as weight training exercise, and vice versa. Aerobic or cardiovascular...Read More
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    Recent exercise trends suggest that you move quickly from exercise to exercise to keep your heart rate elevated; that way you benefit from an aerobic component during your weight-training effort.  That’s fine for circuit training, where you exercise different parts of the body, or for the Tabata training...Read More
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    An easy answer is to always include fruit in your breakfast and your one to two snacks daily. Even better, always use fruit in your entrée as well. Some great pairings with fruit include?
    • Grilled shrimp and watermelon skewers
    • Grilled or roasted chicken and peach slices
    • A chicken stir fry
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    • If you like beer, try a “light” version instead.
    • Order thin crust pizza and ask for veggies in lieu of some cheese topping.
    • Use pureed fruit or apple butter to replace some of the oil in brownie recipes
    • Wipe the pan you intend to cook in with a towel dampened with oil instead of just pouring
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    Take two slices of whole wheat bread, which contain iron, and add strawberries -- rich in vitamin C -- and peanut butter. The vitamin C helps to convert the insoluble iron to soluble iron, making this sandwich a fatigue fighter. The peanut butter supplies muscle building protein and satiating healthy...Read More