Health organization aims to celebrate life after 60 with calendar contest

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Winners will receive “celebrity treatment” with a professional photoshoot and compensation for their modeling time. Courtesy Answer Health

Answer Health is hosting a contest through the beginning of September to showcase inspirational “60 somethings” and highlight West Michigan events and activities.

Anyone aged 18 or older can nominate a friend or family member, aged 60 to 69, who has achieved remarkable levels of fitness, pursued a new hobby or given back to others in some way. Nominations also can include those fighting a chronic condition or caring for someone who is.

Winners will be photographed and included in a calendar.

To nominate someone, log on to the West Michigan 60 Strong website and apply. Applications should include a 200- to 400-word essay, headshot and a full-length photo by Sept. 3.

Answer Health said 12 winners will be selected by a panel of judges, contestants are judged on their commitment to leading an active lifestyle, community involvement, volunteerism and how they are inspirational to others.

Winners will receive “celebrity treatment” with a professional photoshoot and compensation for their modeling time.

Those who nominate winning candidates will receive a $50 gift certificate.

West Michigan 60 Strong Candidates must be between the ages of 60 and 69 on Sept. 1 and a resident of Allegan, Antrim, Barry, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, Van Buren or Wexford counties.

Answer Health is announcing the contest in conjunction with the launch of Answer Health Senior Care Advantage, a program designed to provide seamless and greater coordination of care for their senior patients.

All proceeds from the calendar will benefit Senior Neighbors.

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