The Dr. Oz Show Will Deliver a “Report Card” On the Health of Philadelphia

After Screening 1,000 Philadelphians For Major Disease Markers

5 Lucky Residents Will Receive In-Person Consultation with Dr. Oz

New York – (May 2, 2012) – America’s Doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, two-time Emmy® Award-winning host of the Emmy® Award-winning, nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show will give the city of Philadelphia a “15 Minute Physical” in partnership with Temple University Health System, Alere Inc. and Practice Fusion on May 19 at Temple University’s Health Science Campus.  Fox 29, the local home of The Dr. Oz Show, (weekdays at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM), will award five lucky viewers the opportunity to have an in-person consultation with Dr. Oz on that day.

The “15 Minute Physical” is a quick series of screening tests which include a lipid panel (HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides), and blood glucose made possible on the Cholestech LDX, a rapidly reading mobile lab device contributed by Alere. In addition to the blood test on the LDX, registrants will have their blood pressure and waist size measured.  By linking these five important markers, a very basic idea of general risk for heart disease and diabetes can be determined.  Upon learning the results, a short counseling discussion with Temple University Health System volunteer staff will advise participants whether they are in optimum health, should address any of the conditions, or follow up with their primary care physician.  By providing quick, basic information to people, life threatening chronic disease can be stopped in its tracks, which is what the “15 Minute Physical” event hopes to accomplish.

As the estimated 1,000 registrants are being tested, Practice Fusion, an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) company, will be performing data analytics in real time to determine averages, trends and other significant data points for the random sample of people.  Aggregating this information will provide a good indication of the urgency to focus on prevention in various areas to prevent the common major killers, heart disease and diabetes. 

“We teach a lifestyle of prevention on The Dr. Oz Show,” said Mehmet Oz, M.D., host. “We are showing Philadelphia the problems that you can discover in just 15 minutes.  Avoiding the consequences of high blood pressure and cholesterol are equally simple and can save lives, but it starts with awareness.  While some cities do better than others, the average blood pressure, cholesterol level and waist size in this country are not optimal, in fact it’s dangerous. This is what we will demonstrate on May 19 and show Philadelphians what they can do about it.”

Temple will host the event in the Medical Education and Research Building at Temple University School of Medicine, located at 3500 N. Broad Street on the Temple Health Sciences Campus.  As a longstanding provider of world-class healthcare to patients throughout the Philadelphia region, Temple is the perfect institution for The Dr. Oz Show to partner with in teaching disease prevention to patients, at the neighborhood level.

“We are thrilled that The Dr. Oz Show is engaging the North Philadelphia community and we are happy to host the ‘15 Minute Physical,’” said Larry Kaiser, M.D., President, Temple Health System.  “As a regional provider of the full spectrum of health services and specialties, we know that many Philadelphia residents are looking for ways to take what they learn on television from Dr. Oz each afternoon and put it into action in their own lives.  Temple is the perfect place to build that bridge.”

Registration opened Monday April 30 and will provide appointments to the first 1,000 people.  After capacity is reached, a waiting list will be maintained for first come, first serve registrants.  Those who successfully register must RSVP to a notification e-mail and will be given an appointment time.  No unregistered walk-ons will be accepted for testing on May 19. In order to register, people should go to   

About The Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Oz won his second consecutive Emmy® Award for outstanding informative talk show host at the 2011 Daytime Emmys. The Dr. Oz Show won its first Emmy® Award for Best Informative Talk Show in 2011.  The Dr. Oz Show debuted in 2009 with the biggest ratings in nine years in daytime television and maintained impressive ratings throughout the season.  The Dr. Oz Show is distributed in 112 countries worldwide.

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 TIME Magazine, AARP and O, The Oprah Magazine.  

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 Productions 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 Temple University Health System and Temple University School of Medicine

Temple University Health System, Inc. (TUHS) is a $1 billion academic-medical-center enterprise dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and translational research. The Health System consists of four provider facilities (Temple University Hospital (TUH) – ranked among the “Best Hospitals” in the region by US News & World Report; Jeanes Hospital; TUH-Episcopal Campus; and TUH-Northeastern Campus); T3 (Temple Health System Transport Team – a ground and air ambulance advanced life support transportation company); and Temple Physicians, Inc. – a network of community-based, primary-care and specialty physician practices.

Temple University Health System is affiliated with Temple University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools. Established in 1901, Temple’s medical school teaches approximately 720 medical students, 140 graduate students, and 500 residents each year. It employs 453 full-time faculty, 67 part-time faculty, 1,164 volunteer faculty, and 869 staff.  Temple University School of Medicine ranks 47th out of 146 medical schools in the country according to U.S. News & World Report.  In terms of NIH funding, Temple is the second-ranked medical school in Philadelphia and third-ranked medical school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based EMR system to physicians. It is the fastest growing Electronic Medical Records community in the country with more than 150,000 users serving 35 million patients. Practice Fusion's Research Division provides information from one of the largest, longitudinal clinical databases in the US for the purposes of clinical research and public health analysis. With a focus on real-time insight into adverse drug reactions, disease outbreaks and other national health issues.Practice Fusion's Research Division powers studies that are providing new insight into healthcare and how it is delivered. All research information utilized is fully de-identified and compliant with HIPAA cfr 164.514.For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit


About Harpo Studios

Harpo Studios produced the number-one-rated, award-winning, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and continues to create original TV programming for primetime, syndication and cable television, including for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  A joint venture between Harpo and Discovery Communications, OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, as a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives.  OWN is available in approximately 85 million homes and the venture also includes the award-winning digital platform,  Included among the original programming developed and produced by Harpo Studios are OWN’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter”, “Master Class”, “Lifeclass” and “Super Soul Sunday”.  Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication, while Harpo Films is dedicated to high-quality scripted dramatic programming, and Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio on Sirius XM Radio (XM Channel 111 and Sirius Channel 204).

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 120 channel feeds, which are available in more than 142 countries reaching more than 500 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 Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, new 3D channel 3net, 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.

About Alere

By developing new capabilities in near-patient diagnosis, monitoring and health management, Alere enables individuals to take charge of improving their health and quality of life at home. Alere's global leading products and services, as well as its new product development efforts, focus on cardiology, infectious disease, toxicology, diabetes, oncology and women’s health. Alere is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.  For more information regarding Alere please visit

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