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HealthCorps® is a 501 (c) 3 founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.
HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.
Today, the program network spans 56 schools in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Ultimately, HealthCorps’ goal is to extend the reach of its program to an ever-wider network of American communities. To that end, in 2012, we introduced HealthCorps University, a train the trainer professional development program that makes available the HealthCorps principles and curriculum to virtually any school, community or organization.
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Biographies and Images
Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Dr. Oz, three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery, alternative medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year. He also hosts the internationally syndicated “Daily Dose” in 134 radio markets and a newspaper column in 175 markets internationally.
Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He was awarded the Captain’s Athletic Award for leadership in college and elected Class President twice followed by President of the Student Body during medical school. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Lisa of 29 years and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.
Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for six seasons, spanning over 60 episodes. He also served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his “Transplant!” series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. He has guest-hosted “The View”, “Piers Morgan” and “Charlie Rose” and appeared on all the network morning and evening news broadcasts. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s “John Q” and performed in the hip hop video “Everybody” as part of the Let’s Move Campaign.
Dr. Oz authored seven New York Times Best Sellers, including “You: The Owner’s Manual”, “You: The Smart Patient”, “YOU: On a Diet”, “YOU: Staying Young”, “YOU: Being Beautiful”, “YOU: Having a Baby”, “YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens”, as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart”. He has a regular column in Oprah Magazine and Time, and his article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” for Esquire magazine was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.
In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz has been named Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Forbes’ most influential celebrity, Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Harvard’s 100 Most Influential Alumni, as well as receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and AARP 50 Influential people over 50. He won the prestigious Gross Surgical Research Scholarship, and he has received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University. He was voted “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine and “Healer of the Millennium” by Healthy Living magazine. Dr. Oz is annually elected as a highest quality physician by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other major ranking groups.
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Lisa is a writer, producer and entrepreneur. She is host of the Lisa Oz Show on XM and Sirius radio, as well as the co-host of the Dr. Oz radio show. In addition to authoring the New York Times bestseller US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most, Lisa coauthored five New York Times bestselling books, including the YOU: The Owner’s Manual series.
Lisa is a regular contributor to Fox’s Good Day New York, appearing every week to discuss current events through the lens of family, relationships and health. With her husband, she helped found HealthCorps, a peer-mentoring, non-profit which delivers a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental resilience to over 32,000 teens in at-risk communities across the country.
Lisa and her work have been featured in O magazine, Redbook, Esquire and Shape. She has appeared on The View, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, The Martha Stewart show, Good Day LA, The Joy Beyhar Show, Extra, The Wendy Williams Show and The Chew.
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