The Dr. Oz Show and NFL join forces

“The Dr. Oz Show,” the all-new daily syndicated show hosted by cardiac surgeon and health expert Dr. Mehmet Oz, is joining forces with the National Football League (NFL) as 20 moms of NFL players face off to get fit in “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Health Challenge” (Photos). On Friday, Sept. 25, two teams comprised of 10 AFC and 10 NFC moms, including the mothers of NFL players Donovan McNabb, Kurt Warner, Nick Mangold, will take on each other to tackle their health issues as part of a national viewer challenge. The teams will be coached by former Tennessee Titans running back and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George and his wife Taj, of “Survivor” fame, recently announced as regular contributors to “The Dr. Oz Show.”

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In six episodes airing this season, the moms will battle head-to-head to reduce major risk factors contributing to heart disease including their blood pressure, cholesterol, waist size and weight. “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Health Challenge” kicks off in the first month of the NFL season and will culminate on February 5, 2010, the Friday before Super Bowl XLIV. Viewers can join the challenge starting with the first episode, airing Friday, September 25, and by following along on

“I’m excited to team up with the NFL, Eddie and Taj, as we are all committed to improving the health and wellness of America,” said Dr. Oz. “Collectively, we will coach and motivate moms and families everywhere while they get fit and celebrate their victories side-by-side with mothers from the NFL on the show and online.”

“Taj and I are thrilled to be participating on ‘The Dr. Oz Show.’ We believe in Dr. Oz’s mission to help people live healthier, better lives,” said Eddie George. “We hope through our involvement with the NFL Mother’s program, we can inspire others to challenge themselves and attain life-altering goals.”

While their sons face each other on the field throughout the football season, their mothers will battle off the field in a one-of-a-kind competition. The NFL moms participating in “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Health Challenge” include:

Deborah Johnson — Son: Jay Richardson — Oakland Raiders
Tammy Davis — Son: Brandon Williams — Pittsburgh Steelers
Sherri Clements — Son: Shaun Phillips — San Diego Chargers
Terri Terrell —  Son: Laurence Maroney — New England Patriots
Therese Mangold — Son: Nick Mangold — New York Jets
Mary Gallery — Son: Robert Gallery — Oakland Raiders
Karen Barber — Son: Dominique Barber — Houston Texans
Laverne Suggs — Son: Terrell Suggs — Baltimore Ravens
Donna George — Son: Eddie George –- Tennessee Titans (Retired)
Jackie Posluszny — Son: Paul Posluszny — Buffalo Bills

Char McNabb — Son: Donovan McNabb — Philadelphia Eagles
Pauline Sharper — Son: Darren Sharper — New Orleans Saints
Jackie Randle El — Son: Antwaan Randle El — Washington Redskins
Michelle Green — Son: Bryant McKinnie — Minnesota Vikings
Diane Wells — Son: Reggie Wells — Arizona Cardinals
Constance Davis — Son: Anthony Adams — Chicago Bears
Gayle Jackson — Son: DeSean Jackson — Philadelphia Eagles
Venita Gyimah — Son: Ken Hamlin — Dallas Cowboys
Sheila Davis — Son: Danny Clark — New York Giants
Sue Warner — Son: Kurt Warner — Arizona Cardinals

In the end, only one individual and one team can win “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Health Challenge.” The most successful NFL mom will receive the coveted title of MVP, and the winning division will take home the dream title of “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Health Challenge” Champions.
Reebok, the Authentic Outfitter of the NFL, will be integrated within multiple segments of “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Health Challenge.” NFL moms will wear their sons’ jerseys during the first show and will receive Reebok workout apparel to help them dress for success in the Challenge.

The Dr. Oz Show” is an entertaining, high octane, multi-topic hour that is equal parts life saving information combined with an “embarrassment-free zone” sensibility where nothing is off limits or out of bounds. It’s all about you — the viewer — and what matters to you, your family, your health and your well-being. “The Dr. Oz Show” is co-produced by ZoCo Productions, LLC and Sony Pictures Television.

“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.

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