Category: applauding

Today I felt inspired by the popular Twitter hashtag extravaganza “Follow Friday” (#FF), where people suggest their favorite Twitter users every Friday. It’s an easy feel-good way to promote the work of others. And it’s great because it gives you new people to add to your feed! Well, I wanted to do our own version to promote awesome endeavors of Health Activists. Whether it’s a new project (like today’s very first HAFF) or an old favorite to revisit – I think this will be a good way to give virtual props to our friends who are working so hard to raise awareness in their communities. It is my hope that HAFF will be a way for you to take a minute, step outside your own health community and conditions-of-interest and learn a bit about someone else’s Health Activism. It’s easy to click “Like” or enter “ReTweet” – so why not take advantage of that and really make a difference in someone’s efforts?

Today’s very first Health Activist Follow Friday is Kendra’s new project called Stop Self Hate. You may recognize Kendra, awesome eating disorder and body image advocate and creator of “Voice in Recovery.” Through her online activism Kendra offers hope, understanding, support, and shares new research every day – and it’s always wrapped-up in genuine care and friendship, guided by her own experiences. Her passion for these topics is, I think, boundless – and her new project is a a truly inspiring one. I’ve got to share it with you!

Stop Self Hate is Kendra’s new initiative promoting self worth, “a grassroots movement fighting for self love, acceptance, and respect!” Watch Kendra’s powerful explanation of #StopSelfHate:

Isn’t this a wonderful project? I can’t wait to see it evolve and grow. Especially because, as you can see, this is an issue that affects all of us in our individual health communities and beyond. Like, Kendra, I also believe social media can/will change the way we think. Why not start that right now in a positive way?

So for this very first HAFF – let’s follow Stop Self Hate!

Click here to:
» “Like” Stop Self Hate on Facebook
» Follow @StopSelfHate on Twitter

» See what’s being discussed right now on #StopSelfHate

You can read more about this project in Kendra’s introductory blog post here. What do you think?

We want to congratulate Health Activist Terry, community manager of Friends with MS, for helping his community reach 1000 members! And in only a little over a year!

Friends with MS is an awesome Ning health network that serves as an online interactive support group for people with MS, those not yet diagnosed, and those who love them. 1000 members is a huge milestone and a wonderful accomplishment!
So, congrats Terry! Keep up the great work!

It’s successes like these that get us at WEGO Health really excited! Amanda expresses our love affair with your work perfectly…

“As health leaders, bloggers, Twitterers, and health community creators, you have a special inside view to what’s going on with both your particular health community and across the health condition you support and raise awareness for. That’s huge! And it’s something not a lot of people have. So don’t hide your light under a bushel…

We’d love if you’d share your successes with us! Feel free to write a blog post, start a discussion in a group, or post a video. You can also
tweet us a link to the work you’re doing.

We want to celebrate your Health Activist accomplishments with you! Bring your milestones, your hopes, your goals, and even your struggles to WEGO Health and share them with other Health Activists – it’s a great way for us all to share ideas and offer advice if you’re trying something new.”

Find other success stories on the June 2010 blog carnival – “Your Best Health Activist Moment.”