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HealthCorps - Empowering Youth Through Wellness

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HealthCorps University (HCU) is a train-the-trainer professional development program that empowers educators and administrators to bring HealthCorps’ innovative, health and wellness curriculum to schools, summer camps, community centers, and organizations. HCU provides hands-on training, engaging materials, tools, and support for trainees as they improve health and wellness through classroom education, staff engagement,... more »
Who are you?

HealthCorps University (HCU) is a train-the-trainer program within HealthCorps (HC), a 501(c)3, that was founded in 2003 by Dr. Mehmet Oz, and his wife Lisa, to combat the childhood obesity crisis.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Healthcorps’ in-school program has been in four high schools within Miami-Dade public schools since 2009; currently, we are present in two. Through our professional development trainings for district and school staff, we will be able to enhance the quality of health education that Miami students receive. The trainings will educate the staff, which will in-turn lead to enhancement of students’ life skills, health status and greater academic success.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our project directly addresses the current 22.3% obesity rate in Miami, and perpetuates student academic success by educating adolescents on healthy life choices that pertain to nutrition, exercise, mental resilience, and necessary life-skills. As stated in The Our Miami Report, “there is a strong link between physical health and academic achievement.” Additionally, HCU will address the 3.6% deficiency Miami is currently experiencing from the Florida state average of high quality educators.

Please give examples of your project's success.

To date, HealthCorps’ curriculum has been deployed in 17 different states and has had an impact on approximately 300,000 teens and 600,000 of their family and community members. Our evidence based curriculum has increased student water consumption by 18%, has reduced 1% of body fat composition in overweight students within 8 months, and has increased student health knowledge by 11%. HCU has had nationwide success in empowering educators to address the health and wellness of their students.

Organization Name (or individuals name) HealthCorps


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