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'The Dr. Oz Show' and the National Football League Join Forces as 20 Moms of NFL Players Go Head-to-Head to Improve Their Health in 'DR. OZ'S ULTIMATE HEALTH CHALLENGE,' Kicking off Friday, September 25

Sony Pictures Television - 09/23/2009

"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." On Friday, September 25, 2009, two teams comprised of ten AFC and ten NFC moms, including the mothers of NFL players Donovan McNabb, Kurt Warner, Nick Mangold and more, 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 doctoroz.com.

"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 tackle 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:

  AFC MOMS:
  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

  NFC MOMS:
  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.

"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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