Sacramento Executives to Share Secrets of their Success with Local Young Professionals

What would you ask if you had 10 minutes of face-to-face time with a local business icon? Members of Metro EDGE, a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber for 40 and under young professionals, are pondering that question as they prepare for next week’s 2012 Executive Insight event. On Thursday, August 9, Metro EDGE members will gather along with 11 of the region’s most successful businesspeople for some quality time and intimate questions. “The idea is to give our members the chance to ask those who’ve succeeded just what advice they might have for someone starting out or in mid-career,” said Jennifer Tencati, 2012 Metro EDGE Professional Development Committee Chair. “It’s a great opportunity to learn first-hand from those who’ve risen to the top about just how they got there.” The lineup of executives for 2012 includes: Christi Black :: Executive Vice President, Edelman Michelle Bouchard :: President, HealthCorps® Roger Dreyer :: Partner, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Gordon Fowler :: Owner, 3fold Communications Yvonne M. Glenn :: Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Trofholz Technologies, Inc. Ginger Elizabeth Hahn :: Owner, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates Vincent Johnson :: Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Medical Center Dr. Sandra Kirschenmann :: Associate Vice Provost, Drexel University Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies Mike O’Brien :: Owner and Publisher, Sacramento Magazines Corporation Supervisor Susan Peters :: Sacramento County Board […]

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Dr. Oz Visits Food Bank & Hiram Johnson High School

Dr. Mehmet Oz,  co-founder of HealthCorps with wife Lisa, made a productive visit to Sacramento recently.  Kids and grownups were equally excited. At the request of an English teacher and students at Hiram Johnson High School, Dr. Oz and Lisa Oz responded – with a visit. It was part of their nationwide tour to kick-off HealthCorps, a nonprofit effort to battle childhood obesity by enlisting young people into a mentoring/monitoring effort at the high school level. Perhaps the English class students nodding off in class decided to come up with a solution by having Dr. Oz  suggest some ways to benefit the students. A serious topic, eating healthy, became a healthy, fun, breakfast food challenge. They had 10 minutes! The Healthy Breakfast Challenge involved four teams of students representing the HealthCorps after school program and 9th and 10th grade English class students that invited Dr. Oz. A panel of judges included Dr. Oz and Lisa,  and Montel Williams, television peronality, Anthem Blue Cross President Pam Kehaly and Sacramento King’s Assistant Coach, Bobby Jackson. Later that day, Dr. Oz made a surprise visit to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Saca Community Learning Center which put smiles on many faces. Learn more about Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services Read about the Memorial Gala Fund Raiser Here is an interesting in-depth story by Ed Goldman, […]

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HealthCorps and Journey to Oz

HealthCorps held its first Sacramento Gala "journey to Oz" at the Memorial Auditorium recently. Around 500 supporters came to the event co-hosted by founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz. Earlier in the day Dr. Oz made a surprise visit to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and held a healthy food competition at Hiram High School. The Auditorium was a visual wonderment for raising funds for the non-profit’s national wellness movement and proven high school mentoring program as well as new initiatives to expand its impact across the country, according to a spokesperson. Healthy foods and fitness info were all everywhere one looked. Celebrity guests included Montel Williams, Ben Vereen and Mayor Kevin Johnson who presentd th Oz couple a key to Sacramento. Here’s some photos of the event:       Watch for more coverage about Dr. Oz’s visit to Sacramneto on SacPress by Isaac Gonzales soon! About HealthCorps: HealthCorps®, is building a movement to fight childhood obesity by getting to the underbelly of the crisis and discovering what Americans are really hungry for and why and then proposing a remedy.   HealthCorps “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Coordinatorsare recent college graduates who defer entry into medical school or graduate health programs to serve a two-year full time assignment at a designated public high school. […]

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High School Students Journey to Wellness By Way of Oz

  True or false: High school students in Sacramento are actively and enthusiastically involved in changing the way they and their families think about, shop for, and consume food? Absolutely true. And if this surprises you, you should have a chat with some of the teens involved in what could really be thought of as “living laboratories” of Hiram Johnson, Sacramento Charter, and Luther Burbank Senior High Schools. No doubt they are not the only adolescents interested in engaging in a healthier lifestyle, but they are the first local students to participate in a movement, co-founded by well-known celebrity heart surgeon and television host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, known as HealthCorps. The idea took root in 2001, after Dr. Oz performed a heart bypass on a 21-year old woman. When he returned to the young woman’s room, he found the family celebrating the success of her surgery with a mountain of fast food burgers and fries! He was dumbstruck at the lack of awareness, knowing that what he had just given her was likely only a temporary fix. He realized that to make a permanent difference, intervention would have to begin much earlier. There were already programs designed for younger age groups, so, despite some skepticism from colleagues, Dr. Oz chose teenagers as his focus for affecting change. Unable to convince anyone to finance a program […]

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Cost of chronic illness will break healthcare system

Cost of chronic illness will break healthcare system If people do not change their ways, healthcare will become the largest segment of the economy, estimated to reach $4.2 trillion, in three years (2015). It will severely impact the quality of life for all Americans as it drains the federal budget of funds needed for other services. As the cost of healthcare rises, individuals and employers alike will bear the burden not only in larger deductions, co-payments and cost of prescriptions, but in funding the rest of the system. Baby boomers are the most obese generation ever. One-third struggle with being overweight or obese. Baby boomers aren’t the only ones. One in three children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Unhealthy weight gain is responsible for 300,000 deaths annually with the cost to society estimated at nearly $100 billion. Obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise lead to the budget-busting chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. “We need to counter these trends,” said Laurie Rood, a local business woman who knows what she’s talking about since she sells health insurance to employers and individuals alike. To do something about it, Rood founded the nonprofit Optimum Health For Life, which is producing the all-day event, “To Your Health: Taking our health into our own hands,” May 2nd. To Your Health: Taking our health into […]

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