Dr. Oz takes the pulse of North Texas



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Posted on January 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:33 AM

ARLINGTON — TV's favorite doctor made a Texas-sized house call on Saturday.

His waiting room? Cowboys Stadium.

Dr. Mehmet Oz and his team performed 15-minute exams on nearly 1,500 people who had signed up in advance of the event at Texas Stadium.

"What I am trying to do today is give Dallas and Fort Worth and Arlington a little biopsy... a report card for their health," said Dr. Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show" seen weekdays at 3 p.m. on WFAA Channel 8.

They checked five crucial things:

  • blood pressure
  • weight
  • waist size
  • blood sugar
  • cholesterol

"Not to wag our fingers and say, 'You did it wrong!' But to say, 'Listen: Everything I am talking about today, you can change,'" Dr. Oz said. "We look at those five numbers for a reason. They are all adjustable ... It's not just the testing. We want to give people advice what to do about it."

As he dispensed advice, the good doctor also solicited some ideas from North Texans on how they stay fit without crash diets.

"Swimming bicycling, treadmill," said one woman.

"When you go to a restaurant, don't order the fries; don't order the soda," another said.

"One of the secrets, I think, is putting cinnamon into your coffee," another clinic attendee told Dr. Oz. "It helps with insulin regulation."

After chatting up... and checking up on the crowd, Dr. Oz said he's hopeful that mass events like this one are truly changing lives... and maybe even saving some, too.

"I am convinced we can change the health of America, one city at a time," he said.

There is some change needed. After the Cowboys Stadium event, Dr. Oz compiled the statistics from the testing and issued a North Texas health report card.

"Because we aren't eating the right kinds of foods —specifically veggies and fruits, because you aren't exercising — guess what we found? You are overweight," he said.

He noted, however, that most of the health problems identified are things like high blood pressure, which is reversible with dietary changes and treatment.

Dr. Oz and his team will take the results from Cowboys Stadium and compare them with the numbers they are seeing in other cities across the country to see how North Texans stack up.

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