ATLANTA, February 4, 2014 – According to the CDC, nearly half of the approximately 153 million men in the U.S. do not meet the federal physical activity guideline for aerobic exercise, and more than 30 percent are obese and have hypertension. To help inspire men to get healthy and stay that way, Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, today announced its Top 10 Social HealthMakers for Men’s Health, a list of the most influential experts leading online conversations about men’s health issues, from fitness to prostate health:
- David Katz, MD
Named one of America’s Top Physicians in preventive medicine by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Dr. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and U.S. News & World Report.
- Geo Espinosa, ND
A naturopathic doctor noted for his expertise in prostate disorders, male sexual health and male aging, Dr. Espinosa hosts the Natural Health Blog and is a founding director of the NYU Integrative Urology Center.
- Gabe Canales
Diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 35, Canales is the founding president of the Blue Cure Foundation and writes for The Huffington Post and the Houston Chronicle’s Cancer Answers.
- Liz Szabo
Covering medical news for USA Today since 2004, Szabo’s work has won awards from the Campaign for Public Health Foundation, the American Urological Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
- David B. Samadi, MD
A world renowned urologist, Dr. Samadi has been a medical contributor on Fox News since 2009, and has dedicated his career to the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
- Jody A. Charnow
Charnow is the editor of Renal and Urology News, where he writes about patient care, prostate cancer, diabetes and other clinical news of interest to nephrologists and urologists.
- Kevin Pho, MD
An internal medicine physician and the founding editor of KevinMD.com, Dr. Pho’s opinion pieces highlight the challenges doctors face, ranging from the primary care shortage to the epidemic of physician burnout. Forbes hailed KevinMD.com as a “must-read blog,” and CNN named @KevinMD as one of its five recommended healthcare Twitter feeds.
- Michael Greger, MD
A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is a physician, author and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues.
- Anahad O’Connor
A best-selling author, O’Connor is a health reporter and columnist for The New York Times and its Well Blo
- Paul Spector, MD
After obtaining a medical degree from Columbia University and training in ophthalmology and psychiatry, Dr. Spector shifted his primary focus to preventive medicine, nutrition and physical conditioning, and is now an American College of Sports Medicine certified health fitness specialist.
For more information about Sharecare’s Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Men’s Health, go to https://www.sharecare.com/static/top-ten-social-healthmakers-mens-health.
Methodology: Sharecare Social HealthMakers are among the most influential people in health and wellness on the web, driving conversations on the leading edge of many health topics. They address a wide range of issues within specific topic areas while demonstrating consistent impact across multiple interactive channels—such as Twitter, Facebook, videos and blogs. This impact is measured through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 100 individual metrics developed and powered by WCG, the leading digital marketing and communications agency, quantifying topic relevance, syndication, presence and reach. Earlier Sharecare lists have identified Social HealthMakers in diabetes, nutrition, weight loss, heart disease and more.
Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from experts, clinical decision support tools, interactive programs and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 33 million people, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta.
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