January 28th, 2011
photo credit: maza34 on flickr
Our first month of 2011 is coming to a close! Back when January began, we shared our first Health Activist Blog Carnival (HABC) topic of the new year: write 3 fortunes to your health community. In the spirit of our theme “New Year New You: Setting Health Activism Goals,” this seemed like a fun way to look ahead and think positive. We received some great entries – let’s take a look!
In Kelly’s post “Three Fortune Cookies: What We Hope the Future Holds” she went all-out and created really cool animated cookies that, when you hover over them, reveal the fortunes inside. Her colorful cookies tell her RA community:
January 24th, 2011
Earlier this month, we asked you to look ahead into 2011 and pick the top 3 goals you hope to accomplish in your health activism. Well, the results are in!
What are your top 3 Health Activist goals for 2011? (Click to enlarge)
The number one Health Activist goal for the new year is to: “Post more frequently (on your blog, in a forum or community, on Twitter, Facebook, etc.).” The number two goal is “Dedicate more time to reading & commenting on the work of others.” While number three was nearly a tie between “Grow your health community (increase readership, membership, followers, etc.)” and “Collaborate with other Health Activists on a project.” These are all awesome goals and ones that will really help 2011 be The Year of The Health Activist. Now that January’s coming to a close – let’s get started! In the spirit of goal-setting and optimism, we’ve come up with a handful of ideas to help you to accomplish these goals.
January 21st, 2011
To round out January’s focus on Thyroid Awareness Month, we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with About.com’s Thyroid Disease Guide Mary Shomon about her personal experiences with thyroid disease and her advocacy work both online and off. Diagnosed in 1995, Mary has been a passionate advocate for thyroid conditions and a Health Activist in every sense of the word. A wonderful and prolific advocate since the days of dial-up, Mary started as many Health Activists do – with diagnosis then self-education. Mary is drawn to correcting misinformation and helping others “fast-forward up the learning curve.” Dedicated to lessening the stigma related to thyroid conditions, she’s doing a lot to counteract incorrect notions about thyroid. In face, this past week Mary has begun to, quite literally, change the “face” of thyroid disease with her awareness campaign I Am The Face of Thyroid Disease with fellow thyroid activist, Katie Schwartz. Thanks, Mary, for taking the time to talk with us today – we’re so excited to learn more about your health activist story and raise awareness for thyroid in our community!
January 17th, 2011
Get your community involved! Finish this tweet (or Facebook status or both if you’d like):
My health in one word is: _____.
Which adjective fits best to describe your health?
Feel free to use this as a discussion in your community or as a jumping off point for a quick blog post today.
Do you think you can describe your health in one word? Would you make up a new word to describe your health? (One of my favorite things to do is create new words – especially mush-words or portmanteaus.)
January 14th, 2011
Here is Part Two of my interview with Katie Schwartz, founder of Dear Thyroid. (Click here to read Part One)
Amanda: Dear Thyroid is a different kind of health community and it says so right in the first line of the About page. What made you decide to bring your crusade online?
Katie Schwartz: Being a writer, I have an ongoing love affair with words. I believe that each person (when they are ready) must tell their story in their own words. Our slogan is “Healing our thyroids one letter at a time”. We mean that literally and metaphorically. Write and submit as many letters as it takes. Join our conversations in comments, and on our chat boards.
January 10th, 2011
Participate in our January poll! Going off our theme “New Year, New You: Setting Health Activism Goals” – we have come up with 9 great goals for Health Activists (and a space for you to write your own!). Which of these are most important to you in 2011? Which 3 top your list of 2011 Health Activist goals?
January 7th, 2011
As an awesome online health leader, creating content for your health community is your passion! But sometimes it can be challenging to come up with topics to go off of. Health Activists – never fear! WEGO Health is here to give you some post prompts.
Introducing our fun new feature: First Friday Post Prompts. Every first Friday of the month, we’ll be giving you some ideas to help inspire you to create that fantastic Health Activist content you are known for. If you happen to find yourself in that unpleasantly familiar blog-writing-rut at any time during this month, simply come back here to this post and borrow one of these five prompts to get your imagination going. I’ve found that sometimes the most fun (and surprisingly the best) writing can come from being assigned a topic. How does that sound?
December 27th, 2010
Well, friends, 2011 is eagerly waiting offstage for its grand entrance as 2010 finishes the last of its routine and takes a final bow. Before it’s all over, let’s give 2010 an online standing ovation (and mini-encore) by commemorating the incredible year it has been!
2010 was a powerful year here at WEGO Health HQ and in the world of online (and offline!) Health Activism. This was a big year for growing, defining goals, and moving from big ideas to real, tangible action. The WEGO Health team had the awesome (and invaluable) opportunity to finally connect with our online friends in person, brought Health Activists together to speak about their common goals and tell healthcare companies what their communities really need, and really watched health social media take flight. And, you know, it wasn’t easy to boil it down to just 10 favorites – but here’s what we’ve come up with! (And read on to see what I’m most looking forward to in 2011!)
December 20th, 2010
Our WEGO Health team is on the search for some energetic, talented interns to join us as part of our awesome Boston offices! As a WEGO Health intern you will learn all about the world of Health Activism and online health leadership. You will tweet, blog, research, learn, and more! (If you’re as excited as I am, read on…)
December 1st, 2010
November may be over, but the Thanksgiving spirit lives on! For our latest Health Activist Blog Carnival we asked “What are 3 things you’re thankful for in your Health Activism?“ This topic allowed for some great reflection and an opportunity to see some trends in what we all value in our leadership journeys.