HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard Honored With California State Resolution
Michelle Bouchard, President of HealthCorps, has been at the helm of HealthCorps since its inception, working tirelessly to intercept the ongoing teen obesity crisis. She has been the past recipient of numerous awards, and has now been honored with a Resolution at the California state level.
California Senate Resolution
By the Honorable Darrell Steinberg, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate
WHEREAS, Childhood Obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, and because childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on a person’s health and well-being, initiatives to empower youth and their communities to improve their healthily lifestyle habits are recognized as vitally important tot he heath of our nation; and
WHEREAS, With a commitment to the health and well-being of children, Michelle Bouchard has joined the efforts of Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife, Lisa Oz, the co-founders of HeathCorps, which focuses on fighting childhood obesity by joining with schools in a community to assess the particular obstacles in that community and then activating students’ mind, body and spirit to transform the childhood obesity problem in the United States; and
WHEREAS, As President of HealthCorps, Michelle Bouchard operates an $8 million budget that impacts 1000,000 people across 13 states , and with a vision to have a presence in at least 100 schools in all 50 states focusing on educating students, creating a Fit Town in communities across the country and advocate for healthy public policy across all levels of government, she has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Health Education, labor and Pensions; and
WHEREAS, Under the capable and effective leadership of Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps is creating an educational change in our communities relative to nutrition, fitness and mental strength, which includes unique in-school and community programming targeting high need populations: now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED BY PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE DARRELL STEINBERG, That he takes great pleasure in honoring and commending Michelle Bouchard for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the health and well-being of high-need children and communities.
Member Resolution No. 177
Dated this 23rd of January 2013
An Interview with the President of Healthcorps
I recently spoke to Michelle and asked her about the award and her vision for the future.
What does it mean to you personally and professionally to receive this honor? Is there a unique significance for you?
This award thrills me! It makes me feel as though I am contributing in some way to the help make the world a better place. I also feel as though the entire staff and team of HealthCorps (and Board of HealthCorps) share in this award with me – as all we have accomplished, we have done together.
As a new resident of California, this is particularly special to me.
With a strong presence on both coasts, and with the current number of schools serviced by HealthCorps’ curriculum, do you feel we are having a direct impact on teen obesity?
I know from our surveys in the schools that we are having a direct impact on teen obesity. We are changing behaviors and attitudes and creating wellness advocates.
At this point, has your vision for HealthCorps as you look back, from 2007 to now, been fulfilled? What milestones have been accomplished, and what milestone achievements do you see coming to fruition in the next 5 years?
My vision for HealthCorps has morphed and changed since 2007. HealthCorps is a living entity – with a life of its own. The team and I, and the Board, set goals every year, but life always presents us with incredible surprises, insights and new models beyond what we anticipated. We have accomplished many milestones, including increasing our impact unbelievably since 2007 (as well as our operating budgets). But the most exciting milestone has been discovering that what we truly represent is a new way of educating young people – by meeting them where they are (in life), without judgment, with an integrated, experiential curriculum. This is incredible, and we know that it is possible for kids to learn in this manner in all schools in the United States. Learning should and can be fun! I predict that within 5 years, HealthCorps will have proven to legislators and educators across the nation that we can and must embrace a new model of learning.
Do you have a professional bucket list, and if so, what’s on it that you can share?
Oh….I always keep a long list! First (after HC of course) on the list right now is to call on women across the country to step up to the plate to help save the world! We desperately need new systems and models, and the world needs the feminine perspective to integrate with the current masculine way of thought. We need to put the Yin back with the Yang to be whole again. It is time for women to convene in small and large groups and take action. HealthCorps is going to participate in a wonderful Woman’s Conference for Health and Wealth this fall here in Sacramento and I am very excited about that!