Meet the 2015 Health Hero Challenge Semifinalists!

Voting kicks off September 15th.

Drumroll, 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. 

If you need a refresher on how the Health Hero Challenge works, here’s the rundown: Earlier this summer, we asked you to submit nominations for people who you see as Health Heroes — folks in the region helping their communities be healthier and happier. Then, editors at Philadelphia magazine read over 600 nominations (!), ultimately narrowing it down to the 16 semifinalists below. Throughout September and October, we’ll be asking you to vote for your favorite Health Hero here.

Four semifinalists will be up for voting each week as outlined below, and the winner of each week will go on to the finals in late October. You’ll be able to vote once every 24 hours during the contest, so put some reminders in your calendar now. The winner of the Health Hero Challenge will be featured in an upcoming issue of Philadelphia magazine, and will receive a $7,500 donation in his or her name to a charity of choice and each of the three runners up will receive $1,500 donations to their chosen charities.

To help you get pumped for the contest, we’ll be rolling out Q&As with each of the semifinalists this week and next so you can learn more about what makes them champions of health and wellness in Philly.

Congrats to all our challengers!

Round 1: September 15th through 21st

Kristin Gavin
Founder of Gearing Up

Jon Lyons
Founder of Run215

Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker
CEO at the Global Leadership Academy Charter School

Candace Gantt
Chair of Penn Medicine’s Mind Your Brain conference

Round 2: September 22nd through 28th

Beth Devine
Founder of Philly Girls in Motion

Dr. Stacey Trooskin
Runs mobile HIV and HCV testing unit for Do One Thing, Change Everything campaign

Dan Goldstein
Trainer at SWEAT Fitness

Lia Belardo
Leader of the Team Humane League Meatless Monday Running Crew

Round 3: September 29th through October 5th

Elaine Johnson
Founder of Latinas in Motion

Christina Kallas
Co-founder of Philly AIDS Thrift

Derek Fitzgerald
Founder of The Recycledman Foundation

Beverly Brown
Owner of Temples in Shape Studio, run coordinator for Black Girls RUN!

Round 4: October 6th through 12th

Dr. Laura Offutt
Founder of Real Talk with Dr. Offutt

Ken Wilson
Founder of Fitness and Fun program at Pathways to Housing PA

Dr. Christine Meyer
Founder of Team CMMD

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff
Founder of Emily’s Entourage

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