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.

Activity

  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What is muscular endurance?

    Muscular endurance is the ability to perform physical activities without tiring quickly. Muscular endurance is related to a person’s muscular strength. If endurance is increased, so is strength. Exercise examples include walking, lifting, pushing and pulling. Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    Will eating less refined and processed carbohydrates improve my health?

    Experts say that Americans are consuming too many refined carbohydrates, meaning too much white flour and sugar. When you reduce the number of servings of refined carbohydrates and replace them with the appropriate number of servings of whole grain carbohydrates, you may experience a drop in your triglyceride level and an improvement...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    How can I improve my focus and concentration?

    A new study by researchers at Japan’s Hiroshima University has confirmed an earlier study that suggests that looking at cute photos, like puppies and babies, may help to improve your performance levels, when it comes to manual dexterity and speed at mental tasks. The cute images seem to promote more...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What are some important considerations when introducing teens to exercise?

    Teens tend to have short attention spans, so using simple choreography or teaching them basic workout moves is the best approach. Teens grow at different rates so it’s important to make sure they “fit into” various workout machines, by teaching them to make adjustments that fit their frame size. Using...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    How much dairy should I eat per day?

    You need three cups of dairy per day. Dairy foods contain calcium, which is necessary for growth, strong bones and teeth. Calcium-fortified soy milk is also in this food group. Examples of dairy include liquid milk products and foods made from milk.  Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What are the possible benefits of using a pedometer?

    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
    Lauren Champion like this.
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What is the Mediterranean diet?

    The Mediterranean diet is really an outline or template based on the lifestyle of those who live in the Mediterranean region. It’s a holistic approach to a healthier lifestyle, asking for a true commitment to better food choices, physical activity and even the concept of leisurely dining. So it’s...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What foods should I eat if I am on the Volumetrics diet?

    Created by Dr. Barbara Rolls, a nutrition expert, the Volumetrics diet tries to fill you up by emphasizing foods that promote satiety. So rather than seeking fullness from calories or high-fat foods (energy-dense foods), the foods emphasized are full of fiber and/or water content. Non-starchy veg...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What foods are rich in probiotics?

     Yogurt with live cultures, fermented soybean paste (miso, tempeh), sauerkraut, probiotic-fortified soy milk, and certain fermented cheeses are all good examples of probiotic-rich foods.
      Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    How many calories will I eat on the DASH diet?

    Depending on your size and goals, the calorie range offered by the DASH diet falls between 1600 and 3100 calories. So the number of servings of specific food groups goes up or down, depending on the number of calories you are assigned. You will eat a certain number of servings of: grains and grain...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What ingredient can I use to replace mayonnaise or high fat condiments?

    Replace mayonnaise or other high fat condiments with healthier alternatives like hummus (made from garbanzo beans), mashed avocado (rich in healthy monounsaturated fats), or salsa. A great quality of salsa is the choices that abound -- mild, medium or spicy hot. You can also “doctor up” store-bought...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    How bad is it to sit in front of a computer screen for hours each day?

    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
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    How can I control my appetite when I go to restaurants?

    • Ask the server to not serve bread at the table or have everyone who wants some to take their portion and then ask the server to remove the basket. Do the same for chips.
    • Have an appetizer and a salad, rather than a main course.
    • Only have one glass of wine.
    • If you order an entrée, push half
    ...Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    What is flexibility?

    Flexibility is the ability to move, bend and stretch in a full range of motion. Flexibility increases athletic performance and reduces the risk of muscular strain and injury. Stretching is an example of flexibility exercise. Read More
  • HealthCorps
    HealthCorps answered:

    How can I improve my memory?

    A new study shows that clenching your fist may help improve your memory ability. If you clench your right fist when preparing to remember something, and then clench your left fist when attempting to recall the information, you may have better success.

    Scientists speculate that it works because...Read More