The World in your Hands

Photo by Robin J. Psychic

I want to bring your attention to a contest going on, being sponsored by Prevention magazine. The magazine is on the look out for a woman 40 years of age or older who can shed some light on a way in which they achieve better health and can inspire others to do the same. You can find out more about the contest here and also through ABC News. This is the second year of the contest and on the website there are examples of user submitted videos from the last contest, sort of gives you an idea of what they are looking for in the requested content. The deadline is January 31st, so you have some time to enter. The winning video is displayed at the top of the other finalists – it is about a woman who survived a nasty car accident and turned her lemons into lemonade (for herself and for others!) by becoming a life coach. Do yourself a favor and watch the 1 minute clip of B.J. Reed.

This contest points out a very real phenomenon seen in this new version of the Web: a powerful sense of community.

One of the things that I am excited about regarding this contest is that it allows individuals to produce their own content. Despite the video being short in duration, each person has the ability to share their own story. Granted there is the wonderful incentive of winning $10,000 (!!), the beauty of this contest is in the call to action. The tagline to the contest announcement is “Get involved in the Second Annual Picture of Health Contest, and become an inspiration!” Now if you take a step back and look at the page – what message was presented first?

A) Become an inspiration or,

B) Win $10,000!

Answer: A! (please tell me you picked A…)

So what does that tell you about this campaign and about why I believe most people are entering their submissions? Inspire others. Let others know what you have gone through so that they can move forward in their own lives.

You are not alone.

We are living in an age where communication travels at nearly the speed of thought! You think it and then share it for the world.

I believe the power of online communities and community building events like this can have a profound impact on the health world. Not only physically but mentally as well. And to me, it’s all a part of a healthy life.

You are not alone. Find others to support and who can support you.

Helpful Links:

The Cancer Survivors Network

Revolution Health Diabetes Community

HealthyPlace Mental Health Communities