London: You might admire Kate Middleton for her luscious hair or impeccable taste in fashion.
But she has just been named a 'health hero' for her work in championing mental illness in children. The Duchess of Cambridge, Jamie Oliver and Professor Green have all been named ‘Health Heroes of 2015’. The three join a full list of 10 leading figures, who health website MyhealthLondon commends for their efforts in supporting health issues in 2015.–MOL MyhealthLondon was launched by Mayor Boris Johnson in 2011 and aims to help people make informed decisions about their wellbeing.
As part of an annual review, the 10 individuals were selected by a panel of NHS professionals in recognition of their work raising awareness. The candidates were chosen based on popular online searches, social media trends and top health stories of the year.
The panel chose the Duchess of Cambridge as she has spent most of her time this year championing children's mental health, giving spotlight to organisations such as the Anna Freud Centre, which trains child therapists, and Place2Be, which provides counselling for children in schools.
Professor Green has pushed for more open discussion around mental health in men, speaking candidly about the impact of his father's suicide.
And Dr Kate Granger, a geriatrician and terminally ill cancer patient, made the headlines this year for her 'Hello my name is' campaign, which encouraged doctors to introduce themselves and make a human connection with their patients. The campaign won widespread admiration from within the NHS, endorsed by health secretary Jeremy Hunt, after it was tweeted about an average of six times an hour.
Dr Michael Jacobs, a consultant in infectious diseases, was celebrated for his work in saving Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey, as well as other patients, at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London. The panel also named Jamie Oliver, who they said continued to educate people about the levels of sugar in food.
They also gave an award to Checkyourfood.com,a healthy eating website, whom they said have given individuals a place to learn more about what they're actually consuming.
Other Heroes include Jane Sutton, the mother of the late Stephen Sutton, who has continued her son's legacy by charity work running the 2015 London Marathon. Dr Christian Jessen was also commended for his work raising awareness of HIV testing, while they thanked Claudia Hammond and Roy Lilley for continuing to promote discussion and debate about health topics.