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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 more than 40,000 students. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. HealthCorps’ 62 schools in 13 states and DC serve as “Living Labs” to explore and find solutions to 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 62 schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia impacting 40,000 students. 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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Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Dr. Oz, two-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 cardiac surgery, complementary 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.
Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware, 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 lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Lisa of 28 years and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.
Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for over five seasons, spanning 55 episodes. In addition to regular appearances on the “Today” show, he has also been featured on “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “The View,” “Piers Morgan Tonight,” guest-hosted the “Charlie Rose” show and appeared on all the evening news broadcasts. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s “John Q” and participated in several other feature films.
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 O, The Oprah Magazine, Time and AARP, 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 was named Forbes’ #3 most influential celebrity (2010-2011), has been honored as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2008), Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century and a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (1999-2004). He has also won the prestigious Gross Surgical Research Scholarship, received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University and was voted a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine.
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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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