HealthCorps to host 7th Annual Highway To Health Festival on May 17 at South Street Seaport in New York City

Posted 05/13/2015 | By HealthCorps

Free Community Event to Celebrate Healthy Living in NYC

Stephanie Gooel
East Coast Communications Associate
Phone: 917.512.6653
Email: Stephanie.Gooel@HealthCorps.org

WHERE: South Street Seaport Historic District in Manhattan (Fulton St btw Water and South St)
WHEN: Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New York, NYMay 12, 2015 – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), the leader in the nationwide movement to educate youth about physical fitness, nutrition and mental resilience, will host its 7th Annual Highway to Health Festival — a free community health fair for all ages — on May 17th at the South Street Seaport.

Included among this year’s festival events are cooking competitions; health and wellness activities; performances by musical groups the ICONic Boyz, The Deep End, Joel Allette, and August West Band; free health screenings; healthy food and beverage samples; fitness demonstrations; and exhibitors from top health organizations in the city. The festival will also host a Teen Battle Chef Competition featuring three HealthCorps high school teams.  The Competition will be judged by celebrity chef, Candice Kumai; Fox 5 NY sports anchor, Duke Castiglione; and editorial director of Radius, Dean Stattman. The winning dishes will be awarded around categories of Overall Taste, Showmanship, Plating and Nutrition and Cultural Information.

“Highway to Health is an important public event because it connects people in New York City with health facilities and resources in their backyards that they might not otherwise know are there.  Also, students, their families and attendees will walk away as educated consumers with tools they can immediately put into use to create greater well-being in their lives,” said Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps President.


10:00am – Festival Opens
10:30am – UXF at Fitness Official Open
10:45am – Joel Allette Band
11:30am – Teen Battle Chef with Candice Kumai, Duke Castiglione, and Dean Stattman
1:00pm –  August West Band
2:00pm –  Music for a Better America w/ MC Shelly Watson//Gabe Katz and “I’m An Animal”//The Deep End Band
3:30pm –  ICONic Boyz
4:00pm –  Festival Ends

FITNESS DEMOS (Fitness Tent)
1:30 – Yoga for kids
1:55 – Yoga for adults
2:20 – Zumba
2:45 – City Gym Boys
3:10 – Capoeira Brooklyn
3:35 – Just One Wheel

HealthCorps spans across 13 high schools in New York City and each school will be represented by HealthCorps Coordinators and students helping to run the festival.  Student-run booths will feature hands-on activities such as “Gardening & Nutrition,” “Healthy Relationships,” “Eating is Believing,” “Hydration Station,” and more.  The NYC Highway to Health Festival is the largest of HealthCorps’ national festivals and expects to see 10,000-12,000 community members.

HealthCorps’ National Sponsors are USANA Health Sciences, New York City Council and Department of Health, and The California Endowment. Regional and Community Sponsors are The Chickasaw Nation, Desert Healthcare District, The California Walnut Board, and New Jersey Department of Health. The Highway to Health Festival is sponsored in part by New York Sports Clubs, Fox 5 NY, and HealthPlus Amerigroup. Additional support provided by SmartyPants Vitamins, NuVal, Turn the Tide Foundation, and Cuisinicity.com.

For more details on Highway to Health Festival, please visit www.HealthCorps.org/H2HNYC, call 212.742.2875 or email highwaytohealth@healthcorps.org.

About HealthCorps

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 students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore 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 55 schools in 11 states and the District of Columbia. 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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Posted May 16, 2015 | by Charles Pollak

Your efforts are real and have noble aspirations. I, too, plan to have an effect on helping people combat obesity in a different manner. I am a Health Educator for the NYCDOE and have taught Nutrition as part of the curriculum. I have also seen your ‘ambassadors’ at work. The real question/concern is that people will walk away to the same environments in which they reside and will purchase the same calorie-dense non-foods that comprise the majority of their caloric intakes. I applaud your initiatives but only time will tell if food habits are changed.


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