Dr. Mehmet Oz & Healthcorps
LiveWell Consulting is happy to be partnered with Dr. Oz through our product partner, Usana Health Sciences and Healthcorps. Dr. Mehmet Oz is a respected physician who preaches the benefits of healthy living on numerous television series, notably Oprah Winfrey. Dr. Oz is the vice chairman of surgery at Columbia University, the director of the Cardiovascular Institute, and the founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Always optimistic , Dr. Oz has an easygoing TV-side manner,He has hosted a number of specials and series, including Second Opinion with Dr. Oz on the Discovery Health channel. He has also penned myriad articles on medicine and coauthored a series of best-selling books,which you can purchase through the LiveWell Consulting Members Store, including YOU: The Owner’s Manual and YOU: The Smart Patient, with his frequent collaborator, Dr. Michael F. Roizen. In 2009, Oz hit another career milestone with the launch of his syndicated talk show, The Dr. Oz Show, which is co-produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.
HealthCorps has been co-founded by Dr. Oz and his wife Lisa., HealthCorps is a movement that has been built to fight the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps Coordinators carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the student’s mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. At present, the program network spans 54 schools in 13 states.
Press Release: NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Nutritional company USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) today announced they are teaming up with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz’ nonprofit organization, HealthCorps, to help empower young people to live healthier lives. USANA has committed to further HealthCorps’ goals of combating childhood obesity and educating children about nutrition and fitness.
“One of the reasons we chose to work with donate to HealthCorps is because we share such similar values,” said Dave Wentz, USANA’s chief executive officer. “Our common mission is to create a healthier world for future generations, while helping people make better decisions today. It’s impressive to see how HealthCorps is impacting people’s lives.”
USANA will be lending a helping hand to an organization committed to dealing with one of the most pressing health issues in the United States.
“Consider that approximately 12.5 million American children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19 years, are obese,” Dr. Oz said. “In New York State alone, obesity among children and adolescents has tripled over the last three decades. This is among the many issues that HealthCorps is committed to address, and with USANA’s generosity, we are able to do much more with our programs.”
The two organizations kicked off their collaboration this afternoon at a “Teen Battle Chef” cooking competition at Columbia University. High school students from the tri-state area each prepared a healthy dish to present to a panel of judges that includes celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, Dr. Oz, Lisa Oz, Dave Wentz, and USANA Founder Dr. Myron Wentz. “Teen Battle Chef is one of HealthCorps’ many educational programs,” Lisa Oz said. “The purpose is to teach kids about healthy eating in a fun way, and we are fortunate to have USANA’s support.”
Erica Irvin, vice president of Students for Food Policy and Obesity Prevention at Columbia University, said the campus was honored to host the event.
“Organizations like HealthCorps are doing work that have long-term ripple effect,” she said. “Kids benefiting from HealthCorps programs today may teach other kids about health, be a strong example to their peers and even go on to affect public policy and change in the future. That’s what this is about.”