Continental Resources partners with HealthCorps to launch school health program in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) is bringing a proactive health movement with a unique in-school educational and mentoring program to Oklahoma.
HealthCorps, co-founded by world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Emmy® Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz, will launch at ASTEC Charter School in Oklahoma City this fall. Led by a full-time salaried health coordinator, the program will address childhood obesity by teaching teens to embrace healthier lifestyle habits that will endure for life. Continental Resources is the founding sponsor of HealthCorps in Oklahoma.
"HealthCorps is an innovative approach to transforming lives and communities," said Harold Hamm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources and Founder of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma. "It's well-known that a balanced diet and regular exercise help students learn better. Through our partnership with HealthCorps, we aim to give Oklahoma teens the foundation for a vibrant and prosperous future."
Dr. Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, conceived HealthCorps in 2003 after finding himself operating on patients in their twenties who were in need of heart surgery because of poor lifestyle choices. He set out to save a generation of youth from sustaining shorter life spans than those of their parents.
"HealthCorps is committed to reaching high school students to empower a new generation of agents of change for personal wellness," Dr. Oz said. "At HealthCorps, our school coordinators are on the frontlines making health hip for teens by getting them to read food labels, increase physical activity and serve their communities. Continental's leadership in bringing this movement to Oklahoma means better health and better opportunities for thousands of teens and community members."
Ryan Fightmaster, who currently serves as Director of the Oklahoma Run to Defeat Diabetes Foundation, has been selected as the HealthCorps Coordinator for ASTEC Charter School.
"The HealthCorps program is making a marked difference in the health and lives of students and their families throughout the United States," said ASTEC CEO and Founder Freda Deskin. "To be able to offer this program to ASTEC students and families is a dream come true, thanks to the vision of Continental Resources and their commitment to Oklahoma. We look forward to working with these two partners on this very exciting journey."
HealthCorps is focused on three priorities—educating the student body, achieving community outreach through local projects and initiatives, and advocating for policy shifts that put health and physical education back into the core curriculum of the American education system. With the addition of the Oklahoma school, the HealthCorps network will span 54 high schools in 14 states. As part of the organization's mandate, the school program extends to the community through health festivals and liaisons with local health resources and non-profits that share HealthCorps' mission.
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