Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps launches national training in Houston for first time

Posted 06/16/2015 | By HealthCorps


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Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps launches national training in Houston for first time
HISD summer school students at Sharpstown High School participate in fitness, nutrition and mental strength training to increase performance

DATES: Monday, June 15 – Friday, July 3
PLACE: Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77074

Houston, TX – Sharpstown High School will transform this June into a hub of innovative wellness training and activity as 18 new HealthCorps Coordinators chosen from around the country hone their skills during three weeks of intensive training in fitness, nutrition and mental strength designed to increase student performance. The national training will launch during an official ceremony at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 15th at the Pioneer Memorial Log House (home of the San Jacinto Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas) in front of Ben Taub Hospital.

HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard, who recently returned to her native Texas, is excited to bring summer training to Houston. “Everything IS bigger in Texas — and that includes our children. Obesity is a critical issue all over the South and the need to help kids goes way beyond nutrition and fitness education. We are getting at the underbelly of the problem and teaching young people that they have the energy and resilience to change their bodies, their lives and the world,” Bouchard said. “Houston is not only the epicenter of energy for America, it also has the greatest medical center in the world. What better place to train our Coordinators — the majority of whom want to follow in the steps of heart surgeon Mehmet Oz and become doctors one day?”

The HealthCorps strategic plan calls for an expansion of its programming across Houston and the entire state over the next three years. The organization opened an office in Houston’s City Council District G last summer. Earlier this month, at the invitation of the HISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) committee, 30 HISD educators participated in a customized professional development called HealthCorps University, where they were given HealthCorps activities and strategies to supplement their current wellness initiatives.

Activities with local and national strategic partners over the three weeks will include:
• Presentation of emergency care at Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Center with Dr. Angela Siler Fisher, associate chief for operations, Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and former medical director, Emergency Center, Ben Taub Hospital (June 15th)
• “Feed ‘n Lead” program training with the Houston Food Bank (June 16)
• Yoga-integration training with the Sonima Foundation (June 19, 30 and July 1)
• A Fireside Chat with Frank Levy, Vice President of the Hispanic Health Coalition, focusing on building, maintaining and leveraging partnerships (June 16)
• Kevin Lawrence, CEO of Power Crunch, will discuss the power of protein in nutrition (June 29)
• A Health Fair Day for Sharpstown summer school students (July 1)
• Fitness training with Houston-based Celebrity Trainer Samir Becic
• BLS certification by Rice EMS
• Community outreach training with Communities in Schools
• MindUPTM mental strength training with the Hawn Foundation, founded by Goldie Hawn
• Online community Wellness content creation in partnership with CK-12, founded by Neeru Khosla

Members of the press are welcome to attend the training, as there will be powerful visual and story-telling opportunities.

Founded in 2003 by Dr. Mehmet Oz to reverse the childhood obesity crisis, HealthCorps currently educates teens in 17 states in nutrition, fitness and mental resilience. During the 2015-2016 school year, Coordinators will work in 44 high schools nationwide, including two schools in Houston: Sharpstown High School and Westside High School. Houston native Anthony Chase, President of Chasesource, Inc., is a member of the HealthCorps Board.

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