Rocco DiSpirito Honored By Dr. Oz At 11th Annual HealthCorps Gala

Celebrity Chef and Healthy Lifestyle Crusader Recognized with Prestigious Golden Heart Award

HealthCorps, a national non-profit that gives young people life-saving skills, honored chef and healthy lifestyle crusader Rocco DiSpirito with the Golden Heart Award at the 11th Annual Gala on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Pier Sixty on Chelsea Piers in New York. Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, presented DiSpirito with the organization’s highest honor for his unwavering commitment to empowering students to embrace the benefits of healthy and delicious cooking.

DiSpirito was unanimously selected for the Golden Heart Award which recognizes leaders who encourage youth to create simple lifestyle changes that enhance their own health and the well-being of family and friends around them. For nearly a decade, DiSpirito has served as an inspiring advocate for the organization and regularly performs cooking demonstrations, judges cooking competitions, visits schools with his food truck, and participates in community events on behalf of HealthCorps.

“We treasure Rocco DiSpirito’s dedication as a HealthCorps Ambassador and the impact he’s made on young people as they get excited about cooking and eating healthier” said HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard. “Through his life-changing and life-saving work, he has motivated and encouraged tens of thousands of youth to make better life and food choices.”

“I’m incredibly honored to receive the Golden Heart Award and am privileged to have the opportunity to team up with HealthCorps as we work towards a common goal – to ignite a shift towards healthier living,” said chef Rocco DiSpirito. “Visiting schools, showing kids that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive, and giving them the tools to build healthy habits from a young age has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

The black tie “Tropical Garden” themed gala was hosted by Dr. Oz, renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and seven time, Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife and author Lisa Oz. The evening raised $1 million for HealthCorps to continue its mission of providing young people with lifestyle skills to live longer, healthier, more productive, and happier lives.

Over 600 guests enjoyed gift bags filled with DiSpirito’s New York Times bestselling book The Negative Calorie Diet, alongside his popular Rocco’s Organic Protein Powder Plus and healthy new, sugar-free dark chocolate bars, among other gifts.


About Rocco DiSpirito
Rocco DiSpirito is a healthy lifestyle crusader, James Beard award winning chef and author of 12 highly acclaimed cookbooks, including his latest New York Times bestseller The Negative Calorie Diet. He is recognized for his inspiring weight loss journey and has dedicated his life to proving that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. He founded The Pound A Day Diet fresh, organic, weight-loss based meal delivery service where he cooks for and coaches clients to achieve their best health. He is also the creator of a successful line of healthy products including Rocco’s Organic Protein Powder Plus, sugar-free dark chocolate bars, shakes and more. He currently stars in Now Eat This! on Z Living. For more information, please visit and

About HealthCorps and the HealthCorps Gala
The 11th annual HealthCorps Gala raised $1 Million. Money raised will go to support the organization’s in school health and wellness programming.

HealthCorps® is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award- winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to make students happier and more productive by giving them everyday life saving skills. HealthCorps is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.
HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.

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