HealthCorps Annual Winter Training to be held in Chickasaw Country Special luncheon with Oklahoma sponsors to be held on January 30

Posted 01/28/2019 | By HealthCorps

NEW YORK, New York (Jan. 25, 2019) — HealthCorps, a national nonprofit organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and devoted to making students healthier, will host its Annual Winter Training from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31 at the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The Annual Winter Training will bring together HealthCorps coordinators, staff and board members for professional development training.

“HealthCorps could not have grown its footprint in Oklahoma without the support of The Chickasaw Nation. We are so pleased to be able to host our winter training in Chickasaw Country,”

said HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said that their collaboration with HealthCorps is making a difference in the lives of students.

“We are pleased to partner with HealthCorps because they are committed to enhancing health outcomes for the young people we serve,”

said Gov. Anoatubby.

“HealthCorps is helping students develop vital knowledge about nutrition and exercise as well as the positive attitude that can empower them to change their lives for the better.”


The Chickasaw Nation is a federally recognized Native American nation located in Oklahoma. The Chickasaw Nation has partnered with HealthCorps for six years and has funded the HealthCorps Living Labs programs in high schools in Oklahoma. In 2015, the Chickasaw Nation was recognized and honored by HealthCorps for its contributions to the physical and mental resilience of America’s youth at the 9th Annual Garden Gala in New York City.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, HealthCorps will host a sponsor luncheon allowing coordinators to engage and network with HealthCorps partners. Chris Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation Chief Medical Solutions Officer, will provide special remarks. Stakeholders from Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., Chickasaw Nation and Continental Resources will be in attendance.

HealthCorps Oklahoma Coordinator Erica Sun will present during training on the Chickasaw Nation’s Family Mealtime Blessings Campaign, an initiative to encourage and promote conversations around the dinner table. Through the campaign, HealthCorps coordinators work with their schools and communities to promote this initiative through cooking programs, commercials, video projects and community events. The five participating high schools also conduct pre and post intervention surveys to ascertain changes in students’ perception of family meals, frequency of family meals, familial relationships and barriers to family mealtime.

Other training highlights will include morning yoga and meditation sessions, a presentation about Type II diabetes from Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., a cooking session and mock health fair.

The training will conclude with a closing dinner attended by HealthCorps Coordinators, staff and board members. HealthCorps coordinators Kate Crimmins and Jordan Gunderson will provide special remarks.

Media are invited to attend the training. HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard will be available to speak with the media before the luncheon on the 30th.

To learn more about HealthCorps programs in Oklahoma, please visit our website www.healthcorps.org and click here.

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