HealthCorps

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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 do I need to know about thyroid cancer?

    Thyroid cancer is on the rise in America. Its incidence has doubled over the past 40 years. The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid cancer, occurs in 80% of the cases, and is more common when people hit the mid 40s. Women get it more than men. Though there are no frank or obvious...Read More
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    Which foods help protect skin from the effects of sun exposure?

    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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    What are the possible benefits of the DASH diet?

    The DASH diet got the number one rating from a US News & World Report panel of health experts. Why? Because it’s a balanced plan and it has the research behind it to show that it works quite effectively. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and it may lower the risk of cancer,...Read More
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    What foods can I eat on the Mediterranean diet?

    The Mediterranean diet eating program includes: vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts, olives, olive oil, small amounts of cheese, yogurt, fish, poultry, eggs and wine. What’s not to love? Obviously you need to find a caloric balance that meets your weight and health needs, but clearly there...Read More
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    What is Fluzone?

    The Fluzone flu shot is a vaccine designed for seniors or people age 65 and older. It provides four times the viral proteins offered in the traditional flu vaccine, so it’s expected to trigger a more significant immune response in individuals who receive this flu shot.
    Talk to your doctor about the...Read More
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    Is it true that stretching before exercise primes muscles for the workout?

    Recently, experts have taken a new stance on stretching and workouts, strongly suggesting that a warm up before exercise is a good idea, but stretching at the start of a workout is a no-no.  The concern is that stretching “cold muscles,” which describes muscles before they are warm and pliable, can actually...Read More
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    Do purple fruits have a particular benefit?

    Purple fruits can help reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
    A recent study does suggest that fruits like plums, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, which supply iron chelators, can help to reduce the production of hydroxyl radicals, credited with raising the risk for these two...Read More
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    Should I take a daily multivitamin?

    The debate continues over whether or not most Americans need a daily vitamin. Experts do agree that most Americans have gaps in their diet and certainly need minimal levels of certain specific vitamins in the form of supplements. Certainly women considering pregnancy need adequate level of Folic...Read More
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    How can I make a healthy homemade salad dressing?

    Consider using ingredients like olive oil, nut oils or canola oil as well as different types of mustard and flavored vinegars. Play with adding two different kinds of fresh herbs and limit the amount of salt or sugar that you add. There are salt substitutes on the market that provide the taste of...Read More
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    Is there such thing as an anti-cholesterol diet?

    Any dietician will tell you that eating a balanced diet rich in mostly whole foods is a good way to begin to shift your cholesterol profile, especially if you reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet. But eating to reduce your “bad cholesterol levels” or LDL and to improve your “good cholesterol...Read More
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    What should I know about using Skype to talk to my doctor?

    The medical community is still not so sure that medicine by Internet is poised to be the next medical frontier. But there are situations that do lend themselves to communication by email, or even Skype, if your doctor is willing.
    If you are given a diagnosis and begin a new regimen of medication,...Read More
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    What is a simple way of starting a fitness program?

    Choose an activity you enjoy and make it fun and challenging.  The key is to not be discouraged. When you embark on a new routine, it can be very difficult to keep up with the new program.  Set realistic but specific goals. Another really important aspect is to team up with someone to get extra motiva...Read More
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    What can I do to sleep better?

    It might help to add more "physical stillness” to your day. Take a walk without checking your cell phone or electronics. Grab your brown bag lunch and sit outside under a shady tree. Grab a 15 minute cup of tea and write in a journal. Go out in the late afternoon and garden a bit.

    If you engage...Read More
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    What is the best way to store potatoes?

    Store potatoes in well-ventilated areas at an optimal temperature between 45 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, keep potatoes in perforated plastic or paper bags. Keep them away from sunlight, and don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them. Before using potatoes, cut off any budding sprouts....Read More
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    How can I prevent a cold?

    Washing hands, getting adequate sleep, eating a diet rich in citrus fruits and keeping stress levels low can help reduce your susceptibility to cold viruses. A 2013 study in the Annals of Family Medicine suggests that regular exercise coupled with regular meditation may be almost as effective as...Read More