Announcing JHMFD’s First Ever Twitter Contest! Win stuff!

by Leigh Ann Hubbard, managing editor

Drum roll, please …

We at James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor are excited to announce our first ever Twitter contest! Woo-hoo! You, yes you, can win TWO free subscriptions (one to give away–in time for the holidays).

Just answer this question: What small steps are you taking for your health?

  1. Tweet your ideas throughout the day next Tuesday, October 21.
  2. Type #step in the tweet.

Then you’re entered! Simple as that. (Also see eligibility requirements below.) Then, come back starting Friday, October 24, to see the nominees for best ideas and vote on them.

We believe in using this economy to spur us to better health. Good health now means potentially loads of untold savings later. In that vein … we do hereby declare Tuesday, October 21, National Small Steps Day (inspired by blogger Mark Salinas’ “One Step at a Time” post, which reminded us of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Small Step program).

Want reminders and examples? Follow me (managing editor Leigh Ann Hubbard) on Twitter. Also, to be notified when voting begins, you can have our blog delivered by e-mail.

Quick Stuff:

  • Each tip must be contained within one tweet.
  • Tip tweeting is open Tuesday, October 21, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • No limit on entries per person.
  • Don’t forget to type #step within your tweet.

We’ll narrow down nominees, and then blog readers (that’s you) will vote on the winners. Voting will be open October 24-29. One winner in each category gets a free year-long (six issues) subscription to JHMFD, PLUS a gift subscription for anyone you’d like! (See requirements below.) One runner-up in each category gets a free year-long subscription.

Categories will be determined after the tweets are submitted. Possibilities include:

  • Best overall idea.
  • Most creative (but useful).
  • Most practical.


More stuff:

1. What’s a Twitter?

Twitter is an online community that asks, “What are you doing?” You get 140 characters to answer. (Often, people don’t answer the question but post other useful information.) Read more about Twitter here. It’s sooo easy.

2. What does “#step” mean?

Typing #step into your tweet will cause a site called Twemes to index it. That’s where we’ll be gathering the tips.

3. What do you mean by “small step”?

The most important part of this contest is you’re inspiring others with your great ideas. A small step is just a little thing to get or stay healthy. It’s not, “I’m climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.” Instead, it could be a healthy food substitution you make, how you work in a little extra activity, a simple thing you do to destress, etc.

4. I already subscribe to JHMFD!

Wonderful! Thank you. If you win, you’ll get a free renewal (plus the gift subscription).

5. No way am I doing Twitter.

That’s OK. We’re planning a similar contest for our print subscribers soon. 

6. What is James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor?

It’s a 32-page magazine written by health-care professionals (doctors and such) for the general public. You get the real scoop–what the pros say about diseases, staying healthy, myths and facts, recent studies, and more. Download a sample issue here.


Fine Print

Eligibility requirements: The mailing address for yourself and the gift subscription must be in the United States or Canada. Entrants must be U.S. citizens, 18 or older, and not work for JHMFD or be a family member of Dr. Hubbard or Leigh Ann.

Other requirements, besides those listed throughout this post: No purchase necessary. JHMFD reserves the right to publish submissions in the magazine, online or in any other form or publication, and to edit them for content, clarity, etc. They also may publish Twitter avitars with the quotes. JHMFD will pick nominees as they see fit; it’s all subjective. They do not guarantee any particular number of categories or prizes. They will do their best to get in touch with winners, but it’s up to winners to respond with mailing information for the prize. If Twemes, Twitter, our server, our poll hoster or anything affecting communication messes up during the contest, JHMFD is not responsible. If you win and would like to give away both your subscriptions, that’s fine, as long as the addresses are in the U.S. or Canada. This contest is governed by the laws of the United States of America. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.

Have fun! Questions? Feedback? Please post them in the comments section below.

As a test, here’s our very first blog poll.

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