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Dr. Oz speaks urges Oklahoma City students to control their destiny with healthy choices

Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show” visited ASTEC Charter High School on Monday as part of the school's participation in HealthCorps, a nonprofit organization founded by Oz and his wife, Lisa Oz.
by Heather Warlick Modified: October 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm •  Published: October 30, 2012

‘Coolness factor'

Children, Oz says, are “agents of change.”

“A lot of folks think kids are the Achilles tendon of our society, but when you think about it, kids are the future; they always will be the future,” Oz said.

Just as advertisers go after the youth market, so must health advocates, he said.

Part of the HealthCorps program that makes it successful, Oz said, is the coordinator stationed at each participating school.

At ASTEC, University of Oklahoma graduate Ryan Fightmaster is the program coordinator.

Fightmaster's full-time position centers on providing health and wellness education.

Fightmaster, 23, has postponed attending medical school for two years, the duration of his contract with HealthCorps.

Coordinators make the program more effective, Oz said, because young, accessible mentors add a “coolness factor” that helps kids relate.

Oklahoma was chosen for the program for several reasons: Continental Resources' offer of sponsorship; the state's poor standing in health reports; the high rate of childhood obesity; and civic leaders' dedication to raising awareness and improving the health of the state's kids.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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