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    WebMD Health Heroes

    You have a healthy idea that you want to put into action, just like WebMD’s Health Heroes do. Be ready to use your heart and your head.

    The experts we asked for advice put passion and planning at the top of their lists. Find something you want to do, then figure out how to do it.

    “If you have already figured out what you’re passionate about, you are halfway there,” says Laura Turner Seydel, who chairs the Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation, which funds green projects in schools.

    Seydel knows what she’s talking about. She runs the Captain Planet Foundation, which her famous father Ted Turner founded along with producer Barbara Pyle. She also helped start Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is a trustee of the Turner Foundation, which makes grants to green groups.

    Decide What You Want to Do

    “It has to be something you couldn’t live without doing,” says Tiffany Denyer, a 2010 Health Hero who trains service dogs. “It has to be a calling.

    “Figure out whether it’s time, talent or treasure you can contribute,” Seydel says. She believes working as a volunteer with a group is a great way to learn -- and give back -- while planning your own project.

    Take the Leap

    Katherine Stone, a 2008 Health Hero who started the postpartumprogress.com blog, knew there was a real need for news about postpartum depression.

    “It’s easy to wait around. I waited two years after recovery, when I got better from my illness,” she says. “I kept thinking, ‘Who am I to do this?’ Don’t bother asking that. You are you. You will learn more along the way. If you see a need out there, you can do something.”

    Know Your Strengths

    Richard Siravo, a 2012 Health Hero, says your project should be something that uses your passion and your skills. Siravo started The Matty Fund with his wife, Debra. It honors  their son, Matty who had epilepsy and died from a seizure.  Some people want to be the public face of a cause, he says. Others want to work behind the scenes.

    Meet the 2015 Health Heroes

    These dedicated individuals saw a need and are making an extraordinary difference in the lives and health of others. See their stories.

    2015 Awards Gala

    Health Heroes Honored

    Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, hosted WebMD's Health Hero awards on Nov. 5, 2015 in New York City. See our coverage of this star-studded celebration.

    Featured Charities

    WebMD thanks the following organizations for participating in the 2015 Health Hero Awards.