Meet a Health Hero: Pia Martin

Pia Martin

Pia Martin

Name: Pia Martin

Occupation: Health and physical education teacher at Science Leadership Academy

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
In general, humanity and sanity; I never want to disappoint my students. I want them to fully embrace the wonders of a healthy life and its possibilities. Also, people who I have the privilege of watching overcome/champion/challenge a health-related issues are my greatest motivators. If they can, I can and should, no excuses.

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Meet a Health Hero: Cynthia Kerr

Cynthia Kerr

Cynthia Kerr

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Name: Cynthia Kerr

Occupation: Founder of ConKerr Cancer

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Having lost my mother, aunt and son to cancer motivates me to maintain a healthy lifestyle for myself, for my family and for the children we serve. While genetics played a major role in each of their cancers, I believe that getting lots of exercise and eating well will not only keep me healthy, it will give me the energy and stamina I need to lead ConKerr Cancer.

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Meet a Health Hero: Tanya Sen

Tanya Sen

Tanya Sen

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Name: Tanya Sen

Occupation: Nutrition program manager at the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and program director for the Coalition’s Green Light Pantries, a healthy food pantry program

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I just feel better when I eat healthy. I can really tell the difference in my energy level, mood and overall health when I eat well.

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Meet a Health Hero: Pastor W. Lonnie Herndon

Pastor Herndon

Pastor W. Lonnie Herndon

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Name: W. Lonnie Herndon

Occupation: Pastor at Compassion Ministries

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Family—as a husband and father, I owe it to myself first and my wife and daughter to be healthy. In addition, as a role model for the thousands of members that call me their pastor and to the community who looks to me as a leader, I believe it is my responsibility to set the example to live a healthy life.

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Meet a Health Hero: Suzanne Allaire

Suzanne Allaire

Suzanne Allaire

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Name: Suzanne Allaire

Role: Co-founder of November Project Philadelphia, a grassroots fitness movement that offers two free workouts in Philly every week.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
My daughter motivates me to be healthy. We only have this one life together and I want it to be something magical. Also, all of the smiling faces that show up at our November Project workouts keep me VERY motivated to stay on top of my game.

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Meet a Health Hero: Dr. Ignacio Valencia

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Dr. Ignacio Valencia

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Name: Dr. Ignacio Valencia

Occupation: Neurologist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, associate professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, and medical committee member and volunteer at the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Camp Achieve

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
My children and my patients. I want to be there for them as long as I can.

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Meet a Health Hero: David Wurtzel

David Wurtzel

David Wurtzel | Photo by Avi Loren Fox

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Name: David Wurtzel

Occupation: Founder and executive director of The First Twenty and volunteer firefighter at Narberth Fire Company

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Family and firefighting. I owe it to my family past and present to be healthy for them, and for all their love and support. Plus, respect for my fellow firefighters and wanting to not let them down on the job.

Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.
The First Twenty is a nonprofit dedicated to the unmet health needs of the American firefighter. We authored the nation’s first-ever national fitness and wellness program for firefighters. So when we received our first email from a firefighter in Alabama thanking us for helping him to lose over 20 pounds, that was huge. It was then that I realized the impact of what we are doing.

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Meet a Health Hero: Katie Monroe

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Katie Monroe | Photo by Andrea Mules

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Name: Katie Monroe

Occupation: Founder of Women Bike PHL at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I was lucky to grow up in a family that valued health and wellness. I got used to healthy food and regular physical activity—especially biking and hiking outdoors. I definitely have my parents to thank for that. It’s such a gift for that to be my “normal.”

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