Congratulations to this year’s Everyday Health Heroes!

Everyday Health Heroes Awards honor individuals who have impacted the health and welfare of their families or communities. Nominees included teachers, coaches, parents, neighbors, and healthcare providers.

Everyday Health Heroes are men and women who lead by example and make health a priority. Everyday Health Heroes:

  • Make courageous choices;
  • Are creative in how they live a healthy lifestyle;
  • Help others make changes to improve their health; and
  • Are generous with their time, talents and energy.

The Everyday Health Heroes Awards were presented at WWHF’s Pre-Gala VIP Event on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Congratulations to Julia, Katie & Michelle, this year’s Everyday Health Heroes!

Julia-Stanley editJulia Stanley lives out her passion for children’s health in her role as the Coordinator for the Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative.  Julia is also a founding board member, volunteer, and past Program Director of Girls on the Run of Dane County.  Julia tirelessly works to bring together resources to reduce childhood obesity through public awareness, education, public policy advocacy and community action.  During her time with Girls on a Run, a positive youth development program that uses running and mentorship to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles, she helped reach over 1,300 girls. Julia’s firm belief in the healthy development of children, enthusiasm and strength as a community connector has fueled her efforts to improve children’s well-being in the region.
Katie Hensel editKatie Hensel is the Founder and Executive Director of Tri 4 Schools, a non-profit devoted to combating childhood obesity. Katie created the organization to encourage physical health, sportsmanship and self-confidence in kids by helping them train for athletic events such as children’s triathlons and mud runs. Katie has helped raise $78,000 which has been used to support health resources at over 200 schools in Wisconsin. Tri 4 Schools also offers scholarships to participate in triathlons, bus transportation to athletic events, bike rentals, free shoes and swim lessons. Katie has played a key role in developing an elementary after school training program that aims to improve attendance, academic performance, and quality of life thorough helping children reach greater physical well-being. The new program is currently at six Madison area elementary schools and hopes to expand in the future.
Michelle Hauser editMichelle Hauser is a Physician’s Assistant (PA) in Darlington, WI who has been practicing for 23 years. She was a pioneer in promoting the PA profession in underserved rural Wisconsin. Michelle established a clinical rural health experience program for PA students. As the Community Education Coordinator for UW-Madison’s PA program, she developed a rural primary care curriculum for students from underserved communities that are interested in returning to practice. Michelle also enjoys working with youth and is involved with the Memorial Hospital’s Club Scrub program that gives junior high school students the opportunity to explore the medical field, through practical hands-on experiences. Michelle’s community involvement extends past medicine. She is also a dedicated member of the Optimist’s Club, former Girl Scout leader, a supporter of the local 4-H Club, and Holy Rosary Church volunteer.