Archive for ‘blog carnival’

October 24th, 2011

Let’s Make November National Health Blog Posting Month!

by Amanda

2011 may be winding down, but the world of Health Activism is going strong. Let’s power through these last few months together and connect through a few interactive activities to get our advocacy at its best before we head into 2012.


As you may know, November is National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo. It’s a month dedicated to the art of blogging, taking it to a new, challenging level by pushing all participants to blog every single day of the month. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

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March 2nd, 2011

March HABC: I Disclose…

by Amanda

(This is a metaphor)

From one of my favorite websites, (

dis·close [dih-sklohz] verb

1. to make known; reveal or uncover: to disclose a secret

2. to cause to appear; allow to be seen; lay open to view: In spring the violets disclose their fragrant petals.

The word “disclose” was first used right around the time of The Renaissance, an era of rebirth: artistic expression, intellectual transformation, and scientific advances. A time when people rose from the darkness of the past centuries and began opening themselves up to a new way of life. Now, whether this is a more romanticized version of what actually happened or not – the idea of a Renaissance from the Dark Ages fits perfectly with our March theme of Health Disclosure (and the upcoming first day of Spring!).

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February 2nd, 2011

February HABC: A letter to your condition

by Amanda

In honor of this month’s theme Chronic Conditions and Relationships – our February HABC is: Write a Letter to Your Condition. Sounds a little strange?  It is, because you’re penning these words not to a real person, but to your disease, personified.  Inspired by the old-fashion correspondence of snail mail (or, I suppose, you could be inspired by the art of email), write a letter, a note, a memo addressed to your health.

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January 4th, 2011

January HABC: 3 Fortune Cookies

by Amanda

Like last year, we will have a monthly Health Activist Blog Carnival where members of our community can submit their entries on a theme-specific topic. Going with our January theme month is New Year, New You: Setting Health Activism Goals, our HABC topic is: 3 Fortune Cookies.”

There are a few things that make a fortune cookie so great. First: it’s a bonus for after a delicious meal (who doesn’t like free bonuses?). Second: the awesome crunch sound as you break them open and pull out the tiny slip of paper containing the surprise and mystery: “what will it say?” you wonder. Third: Reading the fortune and mentally applying it to your life. Fourth: Eating that cookie (or, if you’re not a fan – giving the cookie to a friend).

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January 4th, 2011

December Blog Carnival Recap: Your Top 10 of 2010

by Amanda

Last year (well, last month!) we asked you what 10 things you liked best about 2010 and you reported back with awesome recaps. You reminded us of your best posts, big milestones, and favorites from your past year in Health Activism.

Check out a few highlights:

Kelly remembered this milestone fondly: “1) American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting. Attending the weeklong meeting in Atlanta was a milestone for me, for my blog, and for the RA community. This was the first time a patient attended the meetings as press. However, the week itself was also full of milestones that I cannot easily summarize. There was one special blog post to describe how it affected my perspective: American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting 2010 and a little video telling the highlights: Video: Thoughts from American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2010.”

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December 2nd, 2010

New Health Activist Blog Carnival: Top 10 of 2010

by admin
With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s an ideal time to look back on what the year has meant to you as a Health Activist, and to your communities. The topic for December’s Health Activist Blog Carnival is simple: =&0=& We hope you’ll use this post as an opportunity to think big and share your community’s=&1=& In addition to featuring some of our favorite submissions at the end of the month, we’ll be sharing items on your Top 10 lists with our Facebook and Twitter followers to highlight the accomplishments of our incredible community of Health Activists – =&2=& First time submitting a post to the Health Activist Blog Carnival?=&3=&
  1. Let others know that your post is for the Health Activist Blog Carnival by including the following text at the end of your post: “This post is my December entry in the Health Activist Blog Carnival. If you’re interested in participating too, you can read all about here:
  2. Leave a comment with a link to your entry on this Health Bloggers Discussion – be sure to come back often to check out the latest entries from your fellow Health Activists!
October 21st, 2010

Health Activist Vlog Contest: Update!

by admin
With a little over a week left in our first-ever Health Activist Vlog Contest, we wanted to give you a quick update on some of the fantastic video content we’ve been seeing from our Health Activists. Check out these great Health Activist videos and take a moment to create your own!=&0=&
October 1st, 2010

New Health Activist Blog Carnival: Vlog Contest!

by admin
This month’s Health Activist Blog Carnival is an especially exciting one that offers Health Activists a chance to break into the spotlight by using video! WEGO Health has partnered with icyou, the Web’s only destination focused solely on bringing you the whole world of healthcare video, to bring you the first ever =&0=&! Whether you’re new to vlogging or using video in your community is old hat–this contest is for you! =&1=& Upload your video onto icyou and tag it wegohealth and leave a link on our Blog Carnival discussion post in the Health Bloggers Group. Then share your video with your communities! =&2=&
  • Why are you a Health Activist? What inspires you to Health Activism?
  • Share your social media/internet success story – how has your community improved?
  • If you use video: how has video benefited your online community? If you don’t yet: how would video improve your online community?
Because this Blog Carnival is a bit different from our others, we want to make sure you know how to enter. =&3=&Health Activist Vlog Contest=&5=& At the end of the month, as always, we’ll feature a few of our favorite submissions. And for =&6=&
August 11th, 2010

New Health Activist Blog Carnival: Hard Times as a Health Activist

by admin

This month’s Blog Carnival is about the hard times we face as Health Activists.

We know that being a Health Activist isn’t easy – you have so many people looking to you for information, resources, support, and so much more. You’ve got your own health, and your own life, to think about too. We’re all human, and even though Health Activists are the sort who always want to give 110%, sometimes that’s just not possible.

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August 10th, 2010

Health Activist Blog Carnival – July Wrap Up!

by admin
Last month, we asked Health Activists to share their experiences and tips for traveling. =&0=& =&1=& Kelly (you may know her better as RA Warrior) shared her experiences driving to and from Mississippi last summer in her post, “Traveling with Chronic Illness/RA“. She talks about how traveling has changed since she was diagnosed, and wonders whether part of the reason we don’t see more people living with severe rheumatoid arthritis, “because people who are limited by RA don’t spend a lot of time traveling around in public places.” Be sure to check out Part 2 of her post, where she shares 20 fantastic travel tips for those living with chronic illnesses! In “Buckle Up, We’re Going on Vacation with Food Allergies“, Janeen describes how she prepares for family vacations – including everything from grocery lists to kitchen utensils necessary to prevent cross contamination. In addition to some tips about helpful online resources for finding food allergy friendly restaurants near your destination, there’s also a photograph of the final packing results that you won’t want to miss. Amy K‘s entry, “Health Activist, Will Travel

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