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Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman -- want to add your name to the ranks of heroes? Here are 10 healthy ways to save the day.

1. Help a senior. There’s most likely an older adult in your life who could use an extra hand. In 2013, more than 15 million caregivers helped aging friends and family, the Alzheimer’s Association says. Volunteer to pick up groceries, mow the lawn, or do a small household repair.

2. Make a drink. Next time, instead of pouring up a cocktail for friends, make it a healthy smoothie or juice. Americans eat fruit only about once a day and vegetables about one and a half times each day, the CDC reports. Eating a diet chock full of fruits and veggies can help prevent some types of cancer and many chronic diseases, so bottoms up!

3. Lend your body. Sign up to be an organ donor or give blood or bone marrow. Every day, the Red Cross needs about 41,000 people to donate a pint of blood.

More than 50 diseases, including many cancers, are treated with a bone marrow transplant. The American Bone Marrow Donor Registry reports that chances are 1 in 20,000 of finding a match who is not a close family member. The odds are worse for minorities. You can raise those the odds when you register to be a donor.

4. Join a run/walk. Combine working out and being a health do-gooder -- sign up to support a cause dear to you. Many nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, and Autism Speaks host these annual fundraisers.

5. Learn CPR. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of people in the U.S. feel helpless in an emergency because they don’t know CPR or first aid. Sign up to learn -- or relearn -- these life-saving tips. Organizations like the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross offer classes, or check your local hospital.

6. Shop for a cause. If you’re going to shop, why not do some good while you’re at it? Many companies offer proceeds of their sales to nonprofits. For example, Amazon’s Smile program donates 0.5% of some purchases to a charity of your choice.

2015 People's Choice Voting Closed

Voting for WebMD's 2015 People's Choice Health Hero is now closed. The winner, chosen from these four celebrity health advocates, will be announced here on Nov. 5 and in the November/December issue of WebMD Magazine.

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Find out who won and see coverage from the awards gala on Nov. 5.

  • Christina Applegate

    Christina Applegate

    This TV star and breast cancer advocate champions for early detection of the disease.
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  • Glenn Close

    Glenn Close

    This actress takes a stand to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
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  • Carrie Fisher

    Carrie Fisher

    By sharing her personal struggles with bipolar disorder and drug abuse, this actress helps raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental illness.
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  • Jeff Gordon

    Jeff Gordon

    This NASCAR champion isn't idle when it comes to helping children with cancer or stamping out hunger for older adults.
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You must be 18 years of age or older to vote.

Click here for Official Contest Rules.

Scenes From Our First Gala

WebMD Health Heroes Honored

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, hosted WebMD's Inaugural Health Hero awards in November in New York City.