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    WebMD Health Heroes

    Each year, WebMD pays tribute to everyday folks -- and a few famous faces -- who do great things to help others live healthier, better lives.

    Who is a Health Hero? A person who sees a need and does all he or she can to fill it. This year, we're honoring:

    jake clark Ronald "Jake" Clark, Advocate

    After he served in the Army following 9/11, Clark saw his fellow veterans come home struggling with the mental and emotional wounds of war, many taking their own lives. He started Save A Warrior, a group that helps veterans and others recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and avoid suicide.

    Bennet Omalu, MD, Scientist Bennet Omalu, MD, Scientist

    Omalu’s research uncovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disorder caused by repeated brain injuries, and he linked it to the physical trauma that certain former NFL players endured. His work has transformed the way we look at -- and play -- football.

    kenneth shinozuka Kenneth Shinozuka, Prodigy

    The 17-year-old’s award-winning invention -- a pressure sensor in a sock that beams an alert to a caregiver’s smartphone -- offers a way to protect older people with dementia from dangerous wandering.

    Glenn Close, People’s Choice Glenn Close, People’s Choice

    The award-winning actress is turning the spotlight on the stigma that people with a mental illness often face. Her organization, Bring Change 2 Mind, aims to change public attitudes about those disorders. WebMD readers voted to name her the 2015 People’s Choice Health Hero.

     

    Check out photos and video highlights from our Health Hero Awards gala, hosted by Robin Roberts in New York City on Nov. 5, 2015.

    2016 People's Choice Voting Closed

    Voting for WebMD's 2016 People's Choice Health Hero is now closed. The winner, chosen from these celebrity health advocates, will be announced 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

      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

      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

      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

      Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen

      These Hilarity for Charity co-founders know 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.