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Who Is The Ultimate Healthy Living Game Changer?

First Posted: 10/13/11 09:52 AM ET   Updated: 10/18/11 05:44 PM ET

HuffPost's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to take risks and question the status quo.

Below, check out the nominees for HuffPost's 2011 Game Changers in Healthy Living.

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Gary Oppenheimer
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Changed the game by: Bringing fresh food to those in need.

In 2007, Gary Oppenheimer found himself with a 40 pound surplus of melons, squash, tomatoes and other vegetables from his garden, and he took to the internet to find charitable food pantries near his home in West Milford, New Jersey. Barely anything came up. It dawned on him that gardeners like him need a clearinghouse of information to be able to give their extra food to people in need in their local area. So he started Ample The resource connects food pantries and food banks across the country with gardeners and growers who have extra fresh food to give. Oppenheimer is laser-focused on reducing the statistics on hunger in the U.S.: 1 in 6 Americans need food assistance but cannot get fresh produce from their local food pantry.

He said it: "The point is to get it so that people will find it's easy and convenient to get in the car and to drop off that bag of tomatoes or carrots or apples, and then to make it a part of their regular routine, hopefully for the rest of their gardening lives."

Must-click: Ample Harvest

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