Health & Medicine

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Are you a fan of team wellness?

A funny thing happened on Dr. Mike’s way home from watching a last-second playoff victory by the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Chicago Bulls: He thought about eating a Cinnabon (didn’t, wouldn’t ever, but ...). True Cleveland fans know that rooting for the Cavs usually elicits a heightened stress response.

Then, two days later, he noticed how exhausted he was from the stress of watching the game and yet how much he was looking forward to the next one. That made him realize how important it is to stay healthy (he exercises three days a week, walks 10,000 steps a day and eats well) if he were to keep going to these stressful games! And that made him wonder if we could come up with a similarly immersive experience that creates enthusiastic fans/participants for Team Wellness — fans/participants who would come back season after season for more physical activity and good nutrition; fans/participants who would then be able to manage the stress that emotional attachments cause without resorting to the consolation of a sugary, fatty treat.

So we’re asking you to join Team Wellness. You only need to play by five rules.

1. Ditch all trans and most sat fats; any added sugar or syrup; any grain that isn’t 100 percent whole.

2. Walk 10,000 steps a day.

3. Sleep seven to eight hours nightly, and meditate daily.

4. Avoid toxins like tobacco and BPAs (wash your hands after touching receipts).

5. Share laughter and love with friends and intimate partners.

The rewards? A healthier, happier and longer life. That’s the ticket!

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit