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The wizardry of Oz: Train ’em to win

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Some call him America’s doctor. Dr. Mehmet Oz is a regular on “Oprah” and has written a couple of best-sellers, including YOU: The Owner’s Manual.

At home, Oz’s focus on wellness spurred him to invent the Oz Family Olympics, a competition consisting of four sports, one chosen by each of his children.

Daphne, 21, picks tennis. Sixteen-year-old Arabella chooses volleyball. Zoe, 12, is a runner, and Oliver, 7, smacks the softball. The reasoning behind the contest is to challenge everyone who’s weaker in another sport to sharpen their skills and try to oust the favorite. For example, since Zoe can sprint like the wind, the others will have to work extra hard to beat her.

“It’s not just about staying in shape,” he says. It’s about mental toughness.

Winning, like wellness, doesn’t just happen, he points out. It requires discipline and determination.

Whatever the effects of the Oz Olympics, the doctor certainly has inspired his eldest daughter, who last year released The Dorm Room Diet, a health guide aimed at her college peers. While in high school, Daphne campaigned to get whole grains and raw foods on her school’s lunch menu.

Leaders beget leaders. You can, too.

—Adapted from “Doctor in the House,” Holly Miller, The Saturday Evening Post.

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