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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.

    Vote Now! 2016 People's Choice

    These familiar faces have been passionately involved in a health cause. Help us choose the one who stands out above the rest. Cast your vote through July 15, 2016. We'll announce the winner here on Nov. 3 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. 3.

    • Anthony Anderson

      Like the Black-ish character he plays on TV, Anderson has type 2 diabetes. He works health messages into the show's script -- reaching millions of viewers.
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    • Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark

      This duo co-authored two best-selling books about women's health, broaching the topics of nutrition, fitness, self-acceptance, and embracing the aging process.
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    • Padma Lakshmi

      This Top Chef host co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America and is an ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, which works to end AIDS.
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    • Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen

      These Hilarity for Charity co-founders knows the effects of Alzheimer's firsthand and have found a unique way to fight the disease -- with laughter.
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    You must be 18 years of age or older to vote.

    Click here for Official Contest Rules.

    Awards Gala Coverage

    Health Heroes Honored

    Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, hosted WebMD's 2015 Health Hero awards in November in New York City.

    Featured Charities

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