Dr. Oz and NBA Announce Special Teen Program at NBA All Star Game 2015 during Concordia Summit
The Concordia Summit was born of a vision that public-private partnerships (P3s) are necessary and fundamental to addressing many of society’s challenges. Just four years old, the latest summit was held this past September 28th and 29th at the Hyatt Grand in New York City. Attendees included world leaders, CEOs, executives from non-profits, and individuals eager to cross-collaborate and leverage resources towards common goals.
The Concordia opening ceremony, hosted by co-founders Nick Logothetis and Matt Swift, promised energetic and informative panel discussions and breakout sessions, and they did not disappoint. The first panel, hosted by Senator John McCain featured the former President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of the Republic of Latvia, Vaira Vikefreiberg, and the former President of the Republic of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili highlighted the challenges that the world faces with the current policies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Other panels highlighted the ongoing worldwide human trafficking crisis and what “average folks can do,” and a discussion of the current state of world politics.
Of course, one of the most energetic panel discussions was hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, our co-founder. He delivered a no holds bar view of the current teen obesity crisis that is, in turn, fueling a diabetes crisis. There was an audible gasp in the audience as Dr. Oz revealed a shocking statistic – that a whopping 33% of teens today will go on to develop diabetes as adults. Dr. Oz shared HealthCorps vision and platform, and he highlighted our special Active Alliance partnership with the four California NBA teams. Jeanie Buss, President of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dikembe Mutombo, famed basketball player and Global Ambassador of the National Basketball Association, offered the important ways that sports figures can connect with teens and their parents, to help encourage better nutrition and fitness habits at home and in school, and the vital role that mental resiliency plays “in the game” and in the lives of teens who are faced with many challenges during their formative years.
Dr. Oz then announced the exciting news that HealthCorps, partnering with NBA Cares, will host a weeklong series of events during the 2015 NBA all Star game, taking place this year in New York City. The special program promises to involve 500,000 New York City students (and visitors) at 15 schools, inspiring teens to better health practices through games, events, talks and especially through mentoring opportunities by famed basketball players like Mutombo. Social messaging will play a huge role in the week’s efforts to highlight better living practices, and of course, the All Star Game will cap off this incredible week in the Big Apple.
Dr. Oz at Concordia Summit 2014