Monday, July 10, 2006

Post Props for Health Corps

In today's NY Post the paper's Carl Campanile focuses on the innovative approach of the Health Corps to tackling the obesity epidemic (you know the one that Andrew Wolf doesn't think exists). The article details the various techniques developed by Dr. Mehmet Oz to get young people to be aware of their often unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits; and the ways that they can alter these patterns in order to live healthier lives.

Our favorite is Oz's use of diseased organs, lungs blackened from smoking and fatty hearts, in order to "scare straight" the high schoolers. As HC coordinator Leslie Marino told the Post, "The kids take pictures of the organs with their camera phones and think twice about going to McDonald's."

Here is the beginning of an effective fast food awareness program. The HC expands to three schools in the Fall.