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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    You need to eat two cups of fruit per day. Fruits such as bananas, grapefruit, grapes, oranges, apples, etc. are healthy because they contain vitamins, minerals and fiber. Read More
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    A moderate effort is often suggested for health gains, so let’s define it. When it comes to walking, a pace of “100 steps per minute” indicates a moderate effort, based on research at one university. Believe it or not, the Bee Gee’s song “Staying Alive” has a beat comparable to this pace. Another way to assess...Read More
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    Some of us engage in counter-intuitive behaviors that may be unwittingly fueling more frequent illnesses. You may be eating healthier fare, which is helping your waistline and health profile in one way, but the manner in which you prepare the food or actually consume the food may be putting you,...Read More
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    Skin is a barrier that prevents germs (pathogens) from entering your body. It is also responsible for temperature control. The skin:
    • Cools the body temperature by dilating blood vessels, allowing heat to escape and opening sweat glands to let water out.
    • Keeps the body warm by constricting blood vessels
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    During the winter months, the cold morning air may lure you to stay in bed a bit longer, and abandon your morning workout. Consider grabbing an exercise buddy. An exercise partner can help you to stay committed to your fitness routine, despite the cold temperatures or other confounding issues. When you don’t...Read More
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    If you are thinking about incorporating some healthier eating and exercise habits into your lifestyle, then you may want to consider including a brief “dietary detoxification” in your program.  It’s not a good idea to go on a prolonged fast or to use colon cleansing as a feature of your detox.  If you&...Read More
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    It’s known that dogs are sensitive to seizures before they happen in humans, and some dogs have been trained to detect cancer in people. A beagle has even been trained to sniff out the intestinal baceterium C. difficile in stool samples. If other dogs can be trained to perform this type of screening,...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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    One of the best diets to help you to lower your blood pressure is called the DASH Diet. Specifically you want to eat foods rich in potassium like vegetables, fruits, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy like milk and yogurt. Avoid high sodium foods like soups, processed meats, pizza, and many restaurant...Read More
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    Developed at the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet focuses on lowering saturated fat and cholesterol to help to reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and other heart complications. You decide with your doctor, dietician or nutritionist the...Read More
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    There are three exercises that can help keep your spine in shape: The Eagle, The Hummingbird and the Butterfly.

    The Eagle:
    Stand up tall and straight. Put your arms straight out and pull your shoulders together in the back.
    • Breathe air in and slowly raise your arms until your hands touch
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    The structure of a tooth is as follows:
    • The crown is the hard part of the tooth that you can see. It is made of enamel.
    • The neck is where the tooth and the gum come together.
    • The root is embedded in bone and contains blood vessels and nerves.
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    We get so caught up in exercise formulas and the science of exercise and the goals that experts espouse, that we forget about the simple movements that can yield huge payoffs in terms of health benefits and weight control.  You don’t need to go to a gym in order to engage in the following calorie...Read More
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    Although high school and college athletes do need pre-season training to get in shape before the actual season of play begins, a study suggests that preventing injury may not be accomplished by that pre-season training.

    Researchers from Canada evaluated a total of 86 male and female sports players,...Read More
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    It may be better to spread your protein intake between three meals daily rather than eating large protein meals at dinnertime. Spreading your protein intake throughout the day may allow for better muscle repair and better utilization of the amino acids that protein provides.   Read More