Chicago: Dr. Oz's Health Expo - November 6, 2010



Art Smith, Dale Levitski, Karyn Calabrese and the Spatulatta Girls to Prepare Delicious, Low-Calorie Dining Options for Breakfast, Lunch, Snack-Time and Dinner

Chicago (Oct. 2010 ) – America’s Doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Emmy® Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show, has posed a challenge to the chefs of Chicago:  Prepare a delicious, affordable meal that is less than 500 calories per serving.

Four of Chicago’s top chefs are stepping up to the proverbial plate, albeit a dinner plate!  Each will prepare their recipes on site at the Dr. Oz Health Expo: Chicago, an all-day health and wellness event coming to Chicago Saturday, November 6 in the tents on Millennium Park’s Promenade, Michigan and Randolph. Free samples of each chef’s meals will be provided to expo attendees.  Expo hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission for the general public is free.

Karyn Calabrese, chef of Karyn’s Fresh Corner, will kick off the day with energizing breakfast options.  Calabrese is a successful entrepreneur and highly sought after holistic health expert who runs a thriving vegan wellness company in Chicago. At 63 years old, Karyn looks nearly a generation younger and enjoys boundless energy and enthusiasm. The Karyn’s brand, including her restaurants, Inner Beauty Center, supplements and skincare/makeup line has enjoyed major success and continues to thrive.

At Noon, Chicago native Dale Levitski, Executive Chef at the critically acclaimed Lincoln Park eatery Sprout, which boasts a delicious French-American prix-fixe bistro menu, will offer demonstrations of delicious lunch and dinner options. Levitski is widely  recognized as one of America's most exciting young chefs, perhaps best known for his appearance on the third season of the reality television competition Top Chef in 2007.

At the ripe-old ages of 11 and 8, Olivia and Isabella Gerasole, known as the Spatulatta girls, became the youngest people ever to win the illustrious James Beard Award for their critically acclaimed website, The young ladies, who delight in experiencing new foods and teaching other kids how to prepare them, will demonstrate one of their favorite school lunch/afternoon snack options. 

Rounding out the day of delectable dining will be Art Smith, executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-Two (Chicago) and Art and Soul (Washington, D.C.)restaurants. Smith, well known for his frequent appearances on many television shows (including The Dr. Oz Show), is the author of three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table; Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families; and Back to the Family. Most recently he contributed recipes and cooking advice to The Spectrum, the newest book by ground-breaking cardiologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Dean Ornish.

The Dr. Oz Health Expo: Chicago is a multi-faceted event that will empower participants to take charge of their personal health and wellness and bring to life signature segments from the popular daytime talk show, enabling Chicago area residents and visitors to touch, feel and experience The Dr. Oz Show for themselves and get the latest health information. 

Dr. Oz is familiar to Chicago viewers as host of The Dr. Oz Show, which airs at 3 and 4 p.m. CT each day on WFLD, Fox Chicago.  In addition, Dr. Oz has appeared as a guest on more than 55 episodes of the Chicago-based The Oprah Winfrey Show.  The Dr. Oz Health Expo: Chicago will include a “Know Your 5” screening, where pre-registered participants can learn the five key measures to mastering their health – cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, weight and waist size – along with other information they need to know to help them reach their goal numbers. 

“I want to spend a day in Chicago teaching people the five numbers that can save their lives, and giving them the Dr. Oz Show experience up close and personal,” says Dr. Oz.  “We will have plenty of things to touch, eat, feel and learn and we hope you leave the expo a smarter patient than when you walked in.  This is the town where I learned how to be on television, so now I am back to teach Chicago how to stay healthy.”  

Other major components of The Dr. Oz Health Expo: Chicago will include:

  • Just 10 Challenge – an exhibit that focuses on the benefits and methods of losing Just 10 pounds.  This challenge is a running theme throughout the current second season of The Dr. Oz Show and follows success stories throughout the year. The expo will feature some of the experts on the Just 10 team and a station for each of the Just 10 tips.
  • "Assistant of the Day" (AOD) Anatomy Lab – Participants will don Dr. Oz’s popular purple rubber gloves and see, touch and learn about real cadaverous human and animal organs as they are shown on the show each day.  Medical students will be on-hand to show and tell fascinating insights into how our bodies work.
  • Truth Tube – Straight from the set of The Dr. Oz Show comes the Truth Tube, a chamber where those who enter learn their vital statistics and their RealAge. Who in Chicago will be brave enough to enter?
  • The Dinner Club – In conjunction with well-known chefs from around Chicago, the Dinner Club will be a marquee gastronomic tutorial. Based on a popular segment of The Dr. Oz Show, The Dinner Club challenges viewers to cook and videotape their ideal 500 calorie dinner and submit it for a chance to be on the show.  Participants will have a chance to sample some of these delicious and nutritious meals for themselves.
  • Pledge Wall - This is an area where participants can make a pledge to stay healthy.


About The Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Oz won an Emmy® for outstanding informative talk show host at the 2010 Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards. The Dr. Oz Show was nominated for Best Informative Talk Show.  Last year The Dr. Oz Show debuted with the biggest ratings in seven years in daytime television and maintained impressive ratings throughout the season.

Dr. Oz has served as health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including YOU: The Owner's Manual, YOU: The Smart Patient, YOU: On a Diet, YOU: Staying Young, YOU: Being Beautiful and YOU: Having a Baby as well as the award-winning Healing From the Heart. He has a regular column in Esquire magazine and is a contributing editor to O, The Oprah Magazine.  He is also the host of a daily talk show on Sirius XM Radio's "Oprah Radio."

Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. 

Cleared in over 99% of the country, The Dr. Oz Show is co-produced by Harpo Studios and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT.  The Dr. Oz Show is executive produced by Mindy Borman; Amy Chiaro is co-executive producer.  The show is filmed in front of a studio audience in Studio 6A in New York's legendary Rockefeller Center. 

About Harpo Studios

Harpo Studios is the home of Harpo Productions, Inc. the most successful production company in daytime talk, producing the number one, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and syndication’s latest success, “The Dr. Oz Show,” as well as having developed “Dr. Phil” and “Rachael Ray.”  ZoCo Productions, LLC, an affiliate of Harpo Productions, Inc., and Sony Pictures Television co-produce “The Dr. Oz Show.”  In September 2010, Harpo Studios will launch “The Nate Berkus Show.”  Harpo Studios creates, develops and produces original TV programming for primetime, syndication, cable and digital platforms.  Harpo Creative Works, an award-winning team of designers, writers and producers, offers its services to media clients outside of Harpo Studios as a full-service creative agency specializing in the design and execution of on-air, print and online promotion for broadcast and cable television across a wide range of multimedia.  Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly "O, The Oprah Magazine" publication.  Harpo Films, Inc. produces feature films and, through an exclusive deal with HBO, scripted television programming.  Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio (XM channel 156, Sirius channel 195 as part of its “Best of XM” package) on SIRIUS XM Radio and content for Westwood One.  Harpo Retail manages The Oprah Store (, a free-standing retail venture located directly across from Harpo Studios and its companion website, and other retail and e-commerce projects.  A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a multi-platform company that includes a cable network and the premier lifestyle website, will debut on January 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes, on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel.


About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers.  It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform:   broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution.  In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms.  Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries.  To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 122 channel feeds, which are available in more than 140 countries reaching almost 438 million households worldwide.  SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle.  Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and an HD movie channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, a new 3D channel, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc.  SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States.  SPT ( is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

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