NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Emmy® Award-winning, nationally syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" proudly celebrates its 400th episode on Friday, November 18 (check local listings) with its biggest health makeovers yet. Dr. Mehmet Oz welcomes new guests and fan favorites to share their stories of weight loss, life transformation and pregnancy. Plus, women who overcame infertility with Dr. Oz's guidance make a surprise appearance with their new babies.
"Over the past 399 shows, we've tried to provide viewers with ways to turn their own health around, and I really love hearing from the people who have," said Dr. Oz. "There are so many folks at home who don't feel trapped in their bodies anymore. I'm so thrilled this show has furthered the conversation that empowers viewers to become a world expert on their own body."
In the 400th episode, Dr. Oz introduces the world to Jennie, a 52-year-old nurse who once tipped the scale at 449 pounds. Once home-bound, Jennie was inspired by Dr. Oz to get healthy, and now appears on the show 300 pounds lighter, with a new smile and with hope for those challenged by obesity.
Returning to share his heart-healthy tips, Rocco from Arizona appeared in season one with a diseased and failing heart at the brink of major cardiac surgery. After Dr. Oz told him he had the heart of an 85-year-old, Rocco turned his life around by changing his diet and losing weight. In the 400th show, he has reversed his cardiovascular disease, is 30 pounds lighter and ready to share his gratitude, inspiration and tips.
Dr. Oz discusses obesity and infertility with season one guest Nancy, who once struggled to conceive due to the complications presented by her weight. After losing 200 pounds and having two children, she returns to the show to share her motivation and insight. Then the show sees two back-to-back baby surprises when Nancy meets Paula, a viewer inspired by Nancy to lose weight. And after surprising hundreds of guests, Dr. Oz gets his own surprise when several women who once struggled with infertility take the stage with the babies they were able to conceive with his advice, including Nancy and her second baby, Abigail.
This season, "The Dr. Oz Show" launched Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You to help Americans take control of their health once and for all. More than just weight loss, it's the season-long viewer health challenge in partnership with Weight Watchers that leads viewers through seven steps towards optimum health, each with its own completion criteria. A panel of judges will narrow down 10 finalists, and viewers will vote on the grand prize winner of $1 million. The program is powered by "The Dr. Oz Show" online partner, Sharecare, where participants have access to trusted health and wellness information, helpful tools, and real-time community interaction with each other and with thousands of health experts including physicians, nurses and trainers – all designed to help everyone live their healthiest life.
ABOUT "THE DR. OZ SHOW"
Dr. Oz won his second consecutive Emmy® Award for outstanding informative talk show host at the 2011 Daytime Emmys. "The Dr. Oz Show" won its first Emmy® Award for Best Informative Talk Show in 2011. "The Dr. Oz Show" debuted in 2009 with the biggest ratings in seven years in daytime television and maintained impressive ratings throughout the season.
Dr. Oz has served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including "YOU: The Owner's Manual", "YOU: The Smart Patient", "YOU: On a Diet", "YOU: Staying Young", "YOU: Being Beautiful" and "YOU Having a Baby" as well as the award-winning "Healing from the Heart". He has a regular column in TIME Magazine, AARP and O The Oprah Magazine. He is also the host of a daily talk show on Sirius XM Radio's "Oprah Radio."
Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.
Cleared in over 99% of the country, "The Dr. Oz Show" is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT in 112 countries around the world. "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.
Harpo Studios is the home of Harpo Productions, Inc., the most successful production company in daytime syndicated talk, having produced the number one, award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and developed "Dr. Phil", "Rachael Ray", "The Dr. Oz Show", "The Nate Berkus Show" and "The Rosie Show." Harpo Studios also creates, develops and produces original programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Through its various Harpo entities, the company offers branded entertainment via magazine content, feature film and scripted television projects, online and digital offerings, and satellite radio.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 120 channel feeds, which are available in more than 142 countries reaching more than 500 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, new 3D channel 3net, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
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