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Anthony Grosso, HKHS ’04, Part of Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps

Written by K. Brown.

Anthony Grosso, HKHS Class of 2004, will begin working with Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps as a coordinator with Del Norte High School in Crescent City, CA this fall. HealthCorps, founded by Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz over 13 years ago, began as a mission to fight childhood obesity. HealthCorps places a full-time coordinator inside high-need high schools across the country to mentor students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of activities. “HealthCorps perfectly aligns with my passion for working with youth and advocating health and wellness,” says Anthony. “It will also provide me with experience in working in the non-profit sector and learning how to work with students, adults, parents, staff, community members etc., all of which I need to learn so I can move towards fulfilling my long term goals.”anthony_grosso

Anthony moved to Higganum with his family (from East Haddam) when he was a junior in high school. Anthony says, “Some of my best memories were while living in Haddam. The town, the people, the great high school and amazing educators helped shape and form who I am today.” After high school, he served a 2-year mission in Argentina with his church, and it was there that “[I] realized that I really enjoyed working with people and being able to make a difference in their lives. This feeling sparked an interest in wanting a career in human services.”

After his two years in Argentina, Anthony attended Brigham Young University, and obtained a BS in Sociology, with an emphasis in health and wellness. After graduating, he obtained certifications in Children’s Fitness and Health and Wellness Consulting. HealthCorps’ coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices. Anthony heard about the program through another Coordinator, who was leaving her position. Coordinators have two directives:

  • Give students the tools to make healthier living choices, and
  • Change the culture of health and wellness in the community they serve.

Anthony said, “I’ve always loved working with youth! I find that though they try to act ‘cool’ and put up seemingly impenetrable walls, in reality they are in their most impressionable and vulnerable time of their lives and need strong role models and examples to teach them the skills that will form who they will be as adults. Sadly, in many homes and schools they are not taught proper nutrition, cooking, fitness, or mental resiliency so it became my mission to do precisely that!”

According to Jason Feinberg, also with Healthcorps, “Coordinators

  • Mentor students in health, fitness and mental resilience
  • Help conduct research with approximately 600 students/year per school
  • Conduct health fairs, staff challenges, cooking contests
  • Undertake environmental projects
  • Partner with other non-profits and sports teams, and
  • Create and support School Wellness Councils.”

Anthony says of his current position, “I am teaching an amazing curriculum that is perfectly directed towards the high school students. I am also able to offer cooking classes and after school clubs as well as coordinate fun physical activities and challenges. I am truly living my dream! I love this opportunity I have to make a difference in the lives of those I associate with on a daily basis. I love being able to work full time in a high school and facilitate fun healthy activities, instilling lessons that help a rising generation live a life of health and prosperity.”

Jason Feinberg says, “Anthony, who has a unique ability to connect and work well with young people as well as a love and passion for health and wellness, plans to open a not-for-profit family wellness and fitness center in the future.”

To learn more about Healthcorps, follow this link.

 

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