** When Dr. Oz performed heart surgery on a young obese girl he realized something needed to change.* In 2003, after speaking at a HighSchool and seeing the interest the parents and students had in their bodies he and his wife Lisa set out to set up the healthcorps* Like the peacecorps, the healthcorps hires recent college grads who defer medical school or graduate degrees in health and place them in high schools. Because kids are more likely to listen to other kids!* In 2004, following the guidelines of ―Healthy People 2010,‖ the healthcorps launched a lunchtime workshop in Washington Heights, NY* By 2012 the program has expanded into 66 schools in 12 states. * PRIVATE INITIATIVE – Non-profit organization
** Empower America’s youth and their families to eat smart and stay active.* ―Craft an edgy message that kids talk about at their lockers and in their homes‖. Dr. Oz* By the end of 2012, the program will have impacted approximately 146,500 students and an additional 293,000 community members since its inception.* By 2015, healthcorps aspires to be in 100 schools across the country and impact students in all 50 states.
** 66 high schools in 14 states (AZ, CA, DE, FL, LA, MD, MS, NJ, NC, NY, OH, OK, OR, TX) and the District of Columbia.
*Government Grants Community Sponsors*Department of Health and Mental Hygiene NYC $1,149,068 * New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services*Department of Health and Senior Services 225,000 * Vemma Nutrition Company*New York Education Department $20,000 * Dalio FoundationNational Sponsors* Evamor: The Official Water Sponsor School Sponsors* USANA Health Sciences * California Walnut Board* The California Endowment * Forrest City Ratner* The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center * Institute for Integrative Health* Continental Resources, Inc * Longwood FoundationRegional Sponsors * Oz Family Foundation* California Department of Public Health * The Coca-Cola Company* Desert Healthcare District * Bank of America* New York City Council and the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation* WellPoint Foundation / Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
*2010 Annual IRS report open to the public:http://healthcorps.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/990-FY-2011.pdf * Contributions and grants – $ 4,063,946.00 * Salaries - $ 2,706,049.00 * Total expenses - $ 4,151,566.00 * Total revenue minus expenses - $ -55,923.00
** The HealthCorps curriculum is composed of three sections — Mental Resilience, Nutrition and Fitness. This curriculum is aimed at both educating students and providing a holistic and relevant view of the role health plays in their lives.* On the ―Living Labs‖ program, HealthCorps Coordinators work in classrooms, the lunchroom and run after-school clubs to provide materials that integrate these elements into a comprehensive health education.* In Fall 2012 they will also introduce HealthCorps University, a new ―train the trainer‖ professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school.
*Mental Resilience: The You Factor* The mind and body are integrally connected* To recognize their strengths, self worth and realistic, healthy body- types* To control anger and communicate effectively and in a positive way* To understand how sleep is vital to their mood and their healthNutrition: YOU and Finding Nutritional Balance* Eat foods from all five food groups & think of portion sizes* Understand the health benefits and the health detriments of fat* Eat breakfast to lose weight, gain energy, and do better in school* Know that the food they eat affects how they look and feelFitness: YOU and Your Body* Stay fit without gym equipment* Develop a weekly workout plan & exercise on a regular basis* Find creative and alternative ways to stay fit* Chiropractic/Spinal Hygiene
** High School Students residing in High Schools in minority, low- income, and urban areas who are most at risk for developing obesity.* All Students in the High School where Healthcorps has a presence are served by the program.* In New Jersey the Healthcorps is present in three High Schools, North Bergen, Cliffside Park, and Newark.* In Cliffside Park, 17.2% of residents are under the age of 18* 11.8% of residents are below the poverty level. (census.gov)* Cliffside Park High School had 986 enrolled students in 2010-11 school year* 428 or 43.4% of students were eligible for free lunch and 90 or 8.1% students were eligible for reduced cost lunch (Data for Cliffside Park High, National Center for Education Statistics.)
*Comprehensive School Nutrition Services; Joint Position of ADA, Society for NutritionEducation and School Nutrition Association; Volume 110, Issue 11, Pages 1738-1749(November 2010)* Comprehensive, integrated nutrition services in schools, kindergarten through grade 12, are an essential component of coordinated school health programs and will improve the nutritional status, health, and academic performance of our nation’s children.* The Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) model includes eight components: a healthful school environment, health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling and psychological services, health promotion for staff, and family/community involvement.* Multi-component interventions can positively impact children’s nutrition and health- related outcomes.* Nutrition education interventions were more successful in positively influencing eating behaviors if they: target specific behaviors or practices, focus on the interests and motivations of targeted youth, devote sufficient time and intensity, deliver coherent and clearly focused curricula, involve multiple components using a social ecological approach, and provide professional development to staff.
*- Location: Cliffside Park HS- Health Corps Coordinator:* Melissa Horne (North Bergen HS)* Jessica Plager (Cliffside Park HS)- Occasion: Health Fair
** mentor students in her office* teach 10-15 weekly classes* hold a monthly cafeteria demonstration* have a weekly after school club* hold a weekly staff Zumba class* put on health fairs and festivals, among other things.
** Health Fair is different with the Healthcorps running it, Not all about adults teaching kids, The Healthcorps emphasis is on peers teaching their peers.* The Healthcorps student members were well trained and had the ability to run the fair with limited supervision.* Kids are excited about nutrition and overall wellness. They reported that they are listening to their parents now when it comes to eating healthy and don’t drink soda or eat candy anymore.* At the healthfair I got to make my own stress ball, play nutritional jeopardy, learn about bullying, see how fiber is digested, do yoga with students, and I won a free smoothie!
* * Very cool and effective idea!! * Good way of involving the kids and getting them interested in health and nutrition * Program has very good quality but it depends on who is running * It follows the concept closely * Talked to students, follow the coordinator around, answered questions related to nutrition