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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 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.

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.