Nominate Your Health Hero: The 2016 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge Is On!

health hero logoAttention, everyone! The Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge is back for it’s fifth year, and we need to hear from you. We just opened the nomination form, so go ahead — hurry! — over and tell us all about the amazing people in the Philadelphia region who are helping to make your community healthier, from teachers to coaches to doctors to nonprofit founders. Really, anyone who is making the Philly area a healthier place to be. Read more »

And the 2015 Health Hero Is … Dr. Christine Meyer! 

Photo by Nell Hoving

Photo by Nell Hoving

Aaaaand it’s official: You, dear readers, have chosen our 2015 Health Hero Challenge winner! Last night, we announced the winner at our end-of-contest party at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and, boy, was it a cry fest. But along with being a cry fest, the party was also a great gathering of our Health Hero Challengers, along with past semifinalists and winners, all of whom are working to make the Philadelphia region a healthier, happier place to be. Read more »

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

health hero leadTime for Round 3, folks!

This morning at 10 a.m., we opened voting for our third round of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can put in your vote here! And a reminder: You can vote once every 24 hours. (That means, if you vote at 3 p.m. today, you won’t be able to vote again until after 3 p.m. tomorrow.)

Read more about the four challengers up this week below. Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Emily Kramer-Golinkoff

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff

» You can vote for Emily here October 6th through 12th. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Emily Kramer-Golinkoff

Role: Founder of Emily’s Entourage, a nonprofit that raises money and awareness to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
“Healthy” is a funny term, but my biggest motivations for working my hardest to stay as healthy as possible — even in the face of an advanced and progressing fatal illness — are my family and friends, this burning desire to do more things and see more places, and the unbelievable Entourage that rallied behind me to give me and so many others real, tangible hope for that chance. Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Dr. Christine Meyer

Dr. Christine Meyer

Dr. Christine Meyer

» You can vote for Dr. Meyer here October 6th through 12th. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Dr. Christine Meyer

Role: Founder of Team CMMD, a nonprofit charity team of runners who run to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
My husband and kids, my patients, and my team. I see myself setting an example for so many that feel overwhelmed by the notion of fitness. Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson

» You can vote for Ken here October 6th through 12th. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Ken Wilson

Role: Founder of the Fitness and Fun program at Pathways to Housing PA, a program that works to help individuals who are struggling or have struggled with homelessness feel better both mentally and physically through fitness.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
The feeling I get when I’m health-conscious is what motivates me to exercise and stay healthy. To see the formerly homeless participants get excited about how they feel from getting healthy, in return, motivates me to stay healthy and continue to motivate them.

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