Posted 12/11/2013 | By HealthCorps

HealthCorps has partnered with California’s four professional basketball teams and The California Endowment to improve the health of students and their families.  The newly formed Active Alliance aims to measurably improve the health of children in their communities through exercise, nutrition and education.

Video Clips: Dr. Oz Introduces Active Alliance Partnership & Our Launch in Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors will collaborate on and/or customize a number of projects and clinics to encourage health to happen in their communities.  Among these projects will be Highway to Health community health fairs, community and school basketball court and playground renovations, Martin Luther King Day of Service community projects, and basketball and dance clinics with team players and cheerleaders joining students.

The Active Alliance initiative was formed through a partnership between HealthCorps and The California Endowment to further their shared goal.  Together they are committed to creating an environment where children have safe parks and recreation areas to stay active, as well as access to nutrition and physical education so they can learn practical ways to stay healthy. The Active Alliance provides an opportunity to impact thousands of children in key communities across California.  Partnering with the four California professional basketball teams will help to further the goals of the initiative.

“Schools play a key role in the health of our children, and healthy kids are more likely to succeed in school and life,” said Kathlyn Mead, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The California Endowment. “The Active Alliance is an innovative initiative that connects role models like professional athletes to inspire and make health happen for our children and their communities.”

At the foundation of the initiative is the HealthCorps program, founded by Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa.  HealthCorps places recent college graduates in high schools to teach a health, nutrition and mental wellness curriculum.  These graduates, or coordinators, create cultural shifts within their schools and neighborhoods, encouraging their communities to embrace health and wellness.

“The Active Alliance will serve as a positive force in the campaign to encourage Californians to adopt more healthy and active lifestyles,” said Michelle Bouchard, President of HealthCorps. “When it comes to the welfare of our children, we all need to be on the same team and we are thrilled to be working with The California Endowment and the California professional basketball teams.”

The launches were on November 23rd (Clippers), November 24th (Lakers), and December 1st (Kings).  Attendees included students from local high schools where the HealthCorps curriculum is currently taught; Kathlyn Mead, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the California Endowment; Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of the California Endowment; Michelle Bouchard, President of HealthCorps; Andy Roeser, President of the Los Angeles Clippers; Chris Granger, President of the Sacramento Kings; Matina Kolokotronis, President of Business Operations at the Sacramento Kings; Janie Drexel, Lakers Youth Foundation Director; Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antonio; Jodie Meeks and Robert Sacre of the Los Angeles Lakers; and HealthCorps coordinators Saul Jimenez, Felipe Valencia, Victoria Lyon and Christine Knopp.

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