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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Voting in Round 4 of the Health Hero Challenge Semifinals Is Now Open!

health hero round 4 postThis is it, folks! Our last round of semifinals voting has begun.

This morning, we opened voting for our last group of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can cast a vote right here on our Facebook page.

Reminder: You’ll need to like us on Facebook to participate in the voting, and you may vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.

Read more about the the four challengers up for voting this week, then head over to Facebook to cast your vote:

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Voting in Round 3 of the Health Hero Challenge Semifinals Is Now Open!

health hero round 3 postAnd we are officially on to Round 3! Time sure does fly.

This morning, we opened voting for our next group of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can cast a vote right here on our Facebook page.

Reminder: You’ll need to like us on Facebook to participate in the voting, and you may vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.

Read more about the the four challengers up for voting this week, then head over to Facebook to cast your vote:

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Voting in Round 2 of the Health Hero Challenge Semifinals Is Now Open!

health hero round 2 postIt’s time for Round 2, people!

This morning, we opened voting for our next batch of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can cast a vote right here on our Facebook page.

Reminder: You’ll need to like us on Facebook to participate in the voting, and you may vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.

Read more about the the four challengers up for voting this week, then head over to Facebook to cast your vote:

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Voting in Round 1 of the Health Hero Challenge Semifinals Is Now Open!

health hero voting round 1 postThe time has come, my friends! At long last, the voting in the 2014 Health Hero Challenge is officially underway.

This morning at 10, we opened Round 1 of the Health Hero Challenge semifinals. You can cast a vote right here on our Facebook page.

You’ll need to like us on Facebook to participate, and you may vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.

Here are the four challengers up for voting this week:

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Meet a Health Hero: Theresa Conroy

Theresa Conroy

Theresa Conroy

» You can vote for Theresa on our Facebook page October 28th through November 3rd. Mark your calendar!

Name: Theresa Conroy

Occupation: Director of Yoga on the Ridge

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I want to feel as good as I can, for as long as I can. Every day I see how exercise—especially yoga—helps heal injuries, manages symptoms of disease and softens the blunt edge of aging. To fail to take advantage of that just makes no sense.

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Meet a Health Hero: Patty Gerrity

Dr. Patty Gerrity

Dr. Patty Gerrity

» You can vote for Patty on our Facebook page October 28th through November 3rd. Mark your calendar!

Name: Patty Gerrity

Occupation: Professor and associate dean for community programs at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and director of Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, a health center in North Philly

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Meet a Health Hero: Colleen McCauley

Colleen McCauley

Colleen McCauley

» You can vote for Colleen on our Facebook page October 28th through November 3rd. Mark your calendar!

Name: Colleen McCauley

Occupation: Health policy director for Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I am lucky because as a kid I found a fun way to help me stay healthy that I still practice to this day. Around third grade my gym teacher noticed that I might enjoy dancing, so my parents signed me up for ballet class. Thirty-five years later, I’m still in class every week. In fact, at 39 weeks pregnant with my son, I was plie-ing at the bar in ballet class! As a nurse by training, I “know better” about exercising and eating right, and I feel good when I’m fueling my body with more nutrient-dense foods and working up a sweat – and having a fiancé who is a personal trainer is definitely a bonus.

Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.
After a year of trying, my eight-year-old son finally learned how to ride a bike. I figured I’d get a used bike to tool around with him in the park near our house. After a couple rides, I quickly got back in touch with just how much I love to bike. I lived on my bike in high school, but when I moved to Philly for college, I stopped riding. Why in the world had I waited more than 20 years to get back in the saddle?! Within three months of us getting our bikes, my son and I completed a 20-mile Covered Bridge Ride in Bucks County, and three years later I’m riding my bike to work almost every day no matter the season—and with my son in tow during the summer to drop him off at camp.

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Meet a Health Hero: April Schetler

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April Schetler

» You can vote for April on our Facebook page October 21st through 27th. Mark your calendar!

Name: April Schetler

Occupation: Registered dietician at Virtua and Facebook group coordinator for Virtua Wellness & Nutrition

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
As much as I’d like to say I motivate myself to be healthy, that was only in the beginning. Toward the end of my weight loss, my very close friend who suffered from a genetic disease took a turn for the worse. I watched her suffer through her last weeks, days and minutes. Her body was failing her by no fault of her own, but rather a disease that she had no control over.

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