'The Dr. Oz Show' and Chiquita Brands International, Inc. announced a partnership with HealthCorps® – a proactive health movement founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The partnership includes a financial and resource commitment by Chiquita to HealthCorps and the sponsorship of at least four segments on "The Dr. Oz Show," the first of which airs March 31.
"The Dr. Oz Show" is a monster hit in ratings and serves as a wellspring of information that covers every conceivable human condition. Dr. Oz actively involves his audience in fact finding lessons and real time solutions for all kinds of illness and condition. Teaching viewers and audience members about a broad range of health topics, "The Dr. Oz Show" uses humor, games and visuals to impart vital health information in getting more Americans energized in choosing healthier lifestyle options. "The Dr. Oz Show" is hosted by Dr. Oz, vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. For more information, please visit here.
"For Chiquita, this partnership with Dr. Oz and HealthCorps is a natural extension of our promotion of healthy lifestyles and helping to reduce childhood obesity," said Fernando Aguirre, chairman and chief executive officer of Chiquita. "We are helping empower parents to tackle this obesity epidemic with convenient healthy products for their children. Our natural bananas have always been an ideal and nutritious snacking option, and now our pineapple, apple-grape and carrot bites provide additional healthy snacking choices that kids crave."
"I'm grateful for Chiquita's support in helping us reach kids and teens to show them how small positive changes in their diets can make a huge difference in their physical and emotional health," said HealthCorps Founder and Chairman, Dr. Oz. "Teens need to learn about healthy eating at a young age so that they can create proper eating habits to last a lifetime. Chiquita has developed some really fantastic healthy snacking products that make that possible."
The four television episodes will demonstrate how making simple lifestyle choices can help Americans stay healthy and avoid chronic diseases associated with obesity, a condition that tends to form early in life and is ravaging many American cities.
In four months, viewers will follow the progress of six students from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn who are determined to embrace healthier eating and physical activity regimens.
The HealthCorps curriculum on nutrition, fitness and mental resilience is established at the school and carried out by a full time Health Coordinator, a recent college graduate serving as a health educator and mentor who will work with Dr. Oz.
The HealthCorps Board of Directors includes medical practitioners such as Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. David Katz (Yale), Dr. Michael Roizen (Cleveland Clinic), Dr. Brian Wansink (Cornell), Dr. Laura Berman and many other renowned health experts.
Backed by Chiquita, HealthCorps will intensify work on its three priorities – educating the student body, achieving community outreach through "FitTown" – an initiative to connect and empower citizens and organizations to bring about awareness and affect change through local projects and initiatives and advocating for policy shifts across all levels of government that put health and physical education back into the core curriculum of the American education system.
As part of its comprehensive healthy lifestyle marketing campaigns, Chiquita also announced its financial support for the United Fresh "Salad Bar in Every School" campaign as well as its public support for Mrs. Obama's child anti-obesity campaign "Let's Move" earlier this year.
For more information, please visit www.healthcorps.org.
Yesterday "The Dr. Oz Show" festured chef Rocco DiSpirito who gave the audience a great recipe for the sweet tooth crowd. Chef Rocco made chocolate chip cookies with ten times less fat than traditional cookies.
From Dr. Oz's website:
Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
With 3 kinds of chocolate for flavor in Chef Rocco Dispirito’s recipe, you won’t miss the fat and sugar in the standard version of this most beloved cookie.
Makes 20 cookies
1 serving: 45 calories
1.4 g fat
2 g protein
9 g carbohydrates
2 g fiber
32 mg sodium
½ tsp vanilla extract
¹⁄³ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 cup canned white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp light agave syrup
3 large egg whites
1½ cups granulated artificial sweetner
¼ cup dark chocolate-covered cacao nibs
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine vanilla, cocoa, cannellini beans, and the agave syrup, and blend the mixture until smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down the side of the bowl halfway through blending.
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whip attachment, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the artificial sweetner. Continue to beat the whites until they are creamy and nearly stiff. Add 1/3 of the egg-white mixture to the cocoa bean mixture in the food processor. Blend to combine, for about 30 seconds. In 2 batches, fold the lightened cocoa mixture into the egg whites until they are almost fully combined. Add cacao nibs to the batter. Fold batter until cacao nibs are evenly dispersed and cocoa mixture is completely incorporated.
Drop mounded spoonfuls of batter onto the prepared sheets. Spread batter out to form cookies about 2½ inches in diameter. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the cookies.
Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pans one turn halfway through baking. Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
Find more healthy alternatives to appease your sweet tooth in Rocco's new cookbook, Now Eat This!