The 6th Annual HealthCorps’ Gala “Garden of Angels”: A Night to Remember

Almost 10 years ago, my wife, Lisa, and I formed HealthCorps to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic sweeping the nation. Wednesday night, I was delighted to join Lisa in honoring two incredible advocates for children’s health and wellness. This project is near and dear to my heart because I’m concerned about the health of our nation. It’s so important that we start educating children on the value of healthy eating now.

Almost 10 years ago, my wife, Lisa, and I formed HealthCorps to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic sweeping the nation. Wednesday night, I was delighted to join Lisa in honoring two incredible advocates for children’s health and wellness. This project is near and dear to my heart because I’m concerned about the health of our nation. It’s so important that we start educating children on the value of healthy eating now.

I want to take a minute to recognize the incredible work of both our honorees -- ABC “World News Tonight” anchor, Diane Sawyer, and actor and founder of Bicycle For a Day” Matthew Modine. Both Diane and Matthew are strong advocates for the well being of American youth and have done an amazing job combatting childhood obesity. Their contributions to both HealthCorps and the health community have not gone unnoticed. I was humbled to join everyone at the gala in honoring Diane and Matthew.


We were lucky to be joined by so many wonderful personalities at the Gala, including Montel Williams, Ben Vereen, Gayle King – not to mention my daughter Daphne and one of her “The Chew” co-hosts Carla Hall! It was such a fun and magical evening that was made even more special by all the great performances. What a treat it was to watch Shontelle, TKA, Stepp Stewart and ICONic Boyz all do their thing on stage. TKA even got me up with them to bust a move or two. All the talent there blew me away. Teenage jazzpianist Rocco Fiorentino particularly impressed me. I couldn’t believe he was only 15!

And while the night was a blast, the most important part is what comes next forHealthCorps. I’m happy to report that the proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to establish even more HealthCorps’ mentoring programs in high schools across the country, as well as launching new initiatives, like “HealthCorps University”. This new program will educate teachers nationwide on the program’s nutrition, fitness and mental strength curriculum so they can instruct their students. Seeing the program grow and grow over the last 10 years has been inspiring.

I wanted to share some photos from the event with you. I can’t wait to see how HealthCorps is going to top this for next year’s gala!

7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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