Continuing our discussion of IRL Health Activism, this week’s #HAchat focused on the intersection between the online and offline Health Activist community. Logistically, offline advocacy was around long before online advocacy. After all, the internet is still relatively young, and online patient communities as we know them today are still developing. While some Health Activists were able to take advantage of the anonymity of the online community from the get-go, others had no choice but to seek IRL support.
For Health Activists it doesn’t get more IRL than awareness events. We know that many members of the WEGO Health community must have attended at least one awareness event in their life, whether it be a talk at a local organization or book store, a walk, a conference, or a fundraiser. But what goes into these events? How big or small do they have to be to really “raise awareness”? Check out what Health Activists had to say about hosting awareness events during this week’s Health Activist Tweetchat.
To keep going with our July Health Activism IRL theme – let’s delve into the ever-important aspect of in-person awareness events. These are the walks, talks, fundraisers, and other gatherings that help rally together a team of people for the same cause. Have you attended an event for your health condition or focus? How did it go? If you could create a perfect awareness event – what would it consist of?
Here’s a post written by Community Coordination Intern Michelle on a healthy living topic that is especially apt due to the lovely weather and summertime activities many people are engaging in. Enjoy! –Amanda
The Motivation to Move: Be Your Own Athlete
by Michelle Totino
Well everyone, here it goes… my first blog post! I’m a little nervous. But first, I should introduce myself. My name is Michelle, and I’m a new intern at WEGO Health. I’m not only thrilled to be working with such an empowering company, but the chance to hopefully interact with the passionate people who lead their health communities – that’s you, Health Activists! – excites and inspires me so much. What I hope to bring to the table is the opportunity to engage and to motivate you in staying physically active despite your compromising health conditions. This “staying active” bit could be through sports, which I love, or anything else that gets you up and moving.
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In July, WEGO Health is getting real. We know the online Health Activist community is an invaluable source of support and encouragement – it’s what we’ve dedicated our mission to and the best way for empowered patients to make a real difference in the lives of other patients on a grander scale. But – regardless of the infinite benefits of online community… there’s still nothing that can quite replace the power of face-to-face, offline, human connection. There’s nothing like confiding in someone, meeting a kindred spirit, or finally putting a face to a name. So, this July, WEGO Health is looking to foster that connection offline. We’ll be focusing on Health Activism IRL (in real life) and bringing online efforts offline (and vice versa). But worry not – it’s still June and we’re still focusing on Health Technology! We just wanted to kick-off a July project as early as possible so we can get as many of you involved as we can.