Meet a Health Hero: Dr. Stacey Trooskin

Dr. Stacey Trooskin

Dr. Stacey Trooskin

» You can vote for Dr. Trooskin here September 22nd through 28th. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Dr. Stacey Trooskin

Role: Runs mobile HIV and HCV testing unit for Do One Thing, Change Everything campaign

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
My family, my community and my patients motivate me to be healthy. I want to be around to serve and enjoy all of them for a long time!  Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Beth Devine

Beth Devine

Beth Devine

» You can vote for Beth here September 22nd through 28th. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Beth Devine

Role: Founder of Philly Girls in Motion, a nonprofit dedicated to getting girls around Philly moving and educated when it comes to nutrition.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I have to be a role model to the girls we serve at Philly Girls in Motion. I am motivated every day by those kids. Showing them that even though I don’t have a perfect body, I can make healthy choices and get exercise in my life regularly is so important. Sending that message motivates me.

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Meet a Health Hero: Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

» You can vote for Dr. Booker here September 15th through 21st. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

Role: CEO at the Global Leadership Academy Charter School, where she started the Get Healthy GLA program to help staff and students live healthier lifestyles.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy? 
As an educator and mother, I have committed myself to creating and developing healthy lifestyles in the lives of children. My scholars and children motivate me so that I can model a healthy lifestyle for them.  Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Candace Gantt

Candace Gantt

Candace Gantt

» You can vote for Candace here September 15th through 21st. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Candace Gantt

Role: Chair of Mind Your Brain conference, a conference for brain injury survivors at Penn Medicine.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Motivation for me comes from many sources. I believe health is in two forms and they are equally important: physical and mental fitness. I am motivated by my fellow traumatic brain injury and concussion survivors that need a role model to give them hope that they can resume a normal and physically healthy life. I am motivated by the 92-year-old woman who finished this years San Diego marathon. I am motivated by the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. I am motivated when I see young kids from The Students Run Philly style program competing and getting college scholarships.  Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Jon Lyons

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Jon Lyons

» You can vote for Jon here September 15th through 21st. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Jon Lyons

Role: Founder of Run215, a lively community created to advance the positive culture of running in Philadelphia.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Self empowerment. For me, that is where all positive growth begins. The satisfaction I get from running feeds into every aspect of my life. I look in the mirror and I am proud of who I am. I’m proud as a father, partner, friend. I smile more, and laugh more. That might sound selfish, but you need to love yourself and be proud of who you are in order to grow as a person.  Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Kristin Gavin

Kristin Gavin

Kristin Gavin | Thom Carroll Photography

» You can vote for Kristin here September 15th through 21st. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Kristin Gavin

Role: Founder of Gearing Up, a program that provides women in transition from abuse, addiction and/or incarceration with the skills and equipment to ride a bicycle for exercise, getting around and personal growth.  Read more »

Meet the 2015 Health Hero Challenge Semifinalists!

health heroDrumroll, please! We are very excited to introduce you to the 16 semifinalists for this year’s Health Hero Challenge, our fourth annual search for Philly’s Health Hero. Once September 15th rolls around, we’ll be opening the contest up to reader voting here so that you — yes, you! — can select a winner.  Read more »

And the 2014 Be Well Philly Health Hero Is … Pia Martin!

Health Hero Challenge winner Pia Martin accepting her $3,000 check for Science Leadership Academy | Photograph by Nell Hoving

Health Hero Challenge winner Pia Martin accepting her $3,000 check for Science Leadership Academy | Photograph by Nell Hoving

The people have spoken! Last night we revealed the winner of the 2014 Health Hero Challenge at our end-of-contest bash at the Downtown Club. It was great to mix and mingle with our Challengers this year, each of whom is doing spectacular work to make the Philadelphia region a healthier, happier place.

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