I hereby express my intention and desire, of my own free will, to participate in one or more Health Fairs, Health Expos, or other organized community health activities and/or health research activities, including without limitation DR. OZ'S PORTLAND 15 MINUTE PHYSICAL ("Community Health Activities"). In consideration of my opportunity to participate in such Community Health Activities, I hereby acknowledge and agree to the following:

1. While certain other entities providing services in the Community Health Activities in which I participate are "covered entities" under certain federal and state laws relating to medical record privacy, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the regulations promulgated thereunder ("HIPAA"), I acknowledge and recognize that neither Dr. Oz, "The Dr. Oz Show," ZoCo Productions, LLC, or any other affiliated producer, broadcaster, licensee, or related entity (including OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network), is a "covered entity" under HIPAA or otherwise obligated as such under any medical record privacy laws or regulations.

2. I recognize and acknowledge that I will be required to sign privacy documents and authorizations with those health care providers and other entities that provide medical or healthcare services in connection with the Community Health Activities, and that I will not be allowed to participate in the Community Health Activities without signing such documents.

3. I hereby authorize The Dr. Oz Show, ZoCo Productions, LLC, and any of their subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities, including without limitation any producers, broadcasters, licensees, or other related entities, to use and/or disclosure any of my "Protected Health Information" (as defined in 45 CFR 164.501) in any form or fashion related to the Community Health Activities, including any release to any third party involved in the Community Health Activities. I further authorize any such third party participating in the Community Health Activities to further use and/or disclose any of my Protected Health Information for any use or purposes related in any way to the Community Health Activities (including any Community Health Activities engaged in by such parties in which I do not directly participate), as well as any entity engaged in clinical, pharmaceutical, dietary, or other medical research. The Protected Health Information for which this authorization is provided can be specifically described as any and all information related to me or my health that is produced or disclosed in connection with the Community Health Activities or may be disclosed by any of my providers or caregivers to any participant in the Community Health Activities. Authorization for the use and/or disclosure of such Protected Health Information is specifically granted for the purposes of aiding in community health, population health management, research, and any other health-related purposes, including without limitation treatment or any other healthcare purposes specifically related to me or my medical condition. 

4. My authorization hereunder is subject to the following specific conditions: I agree that the persons and entities authorized above may use and/or disclose my Protected Health Information for the purposes listed above and any related purposes. I recognize that once my Protected Health Information is released, the Protected Health Information may be subject to re-disclosure by the recipient and in such event may not be protected under the privacy rules promulgated under HIPAA. I acknowledge that I have the right to print out and keep a copy of this Authorization, and that I may receive a copy of it at any time upon written request to ZoCo Productions, LLC, 40 Rockefeller Plaza, 43rd Floor, New York, NY 10112, Attention: Legal Department. I recognize that no party may condition treatment, payment, enrollment, or eligibility for benefits (as applicable) on whether I sign this authorization, but that my participation in the Community Health Activities will not be allowed without my authorization hereunder. I acknowledge that I am voluntarily signing this authorization. This authorization will remain effective until December 31, 2050, or until all Community Health Activities, including any continuations, follow-ups, or related research activities, are concluded, whichever occurs later. I acknowledge that I have the right to revoke this authorization at any time; any such revocation must be in writing, and submitted to the address set forth above. Once this authorization is revoked, the entities authorized above will not further use or disclose the Protected Health Information for the above-stated purpose; however, I recognize that no revocation will be applicable to the extent that such authorized entity has already relied on the authorization.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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