The Importance of Being a #HealthyDad plus Video Contest

Why do I choose to be a #HealthyDad? Well, because I don’t want to miss more moments like this.

By the time I had turned 29, I had become used to not having medical insurance. Any illness was treated by myself with mass quantities of over-the-counter medicines, and diagnosed through careful Googling of related symptoms, and ruling out the least probable causes. All was fine and dandy. I made it through tough rounds with bronchitis, flu, viruses, and other common ailments. If worse came to worse, I always knew I could go to an ER and be seen regardless of my insurance status. Horwever well it had worked for 10 years, it was bound to come to an end. With tens of thousands of dollars in medical bill debt, I made one of my last uninsured ER visits in the fall of 2012. Only to be admitted with a diagnosis of advanced stage testicular cance

Up to that point, I never worried about having insurance. My kids qualified for medicaid so they were okay, save for a few late night ER visits when the doctor’s office was closed. They could always be seen without it coming out of my pocket. Any medicine, tests, or medical supplies that were needed were covered. It costs us little to nothing to be sure they had the best care possible. That was all that mattered to me. My focus as a dad had always been on them, and not on myself.

I was a heavy smoker, with no sense of what a healthy diet was, clueless to paying attention to my body when things were turning for the worst. The internet can be a great thing, but is no substitute for seeking the advice of a medical professional and having a care team to look after you. Because of this, my kids almost lost their dad. The guy that should have been setting the example became a dad who could barely make it through coloring a page before getting worn out. It was seen fit that I would go on to survive my disease, and in the face of mounting post-treatment issues, I continue to resolve to not let myself be fooled, and listen to my body.

With the recent changes to the healthcare industry in the United States, options for coverage have opened up that I hadn’t been able to even reach for in the past. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is one of those companies that isgmai making it possible for people like me to afford health care, and get the coverage we need. Even things such as specialized care for serious illness, specialty doctors, chronic illness, and more, including mental health services. As a dad who has learned the hard way, I have made it a mission to encourage other fathers to be aware of and more proactive about, their health. This means listening to your body. Not falling prey to the deadly stigma of not getting seen and keeping the issues to yourself. This silence about men’s health that is killing men today has to stop. How is Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield helping in this mission? Well, several ways actually.

Take their LiveHealth Online  for example. We know how hard it can be to get to a doctor when it’s not something considered an emergency. Trying to schedule around the kids, the job, the spouse. And of course, sometimes our medical woes don’t come on when there is a doctor’s office even open. With the LiveHealth Online app, connecting to a physician is as easy as tapping your phone’s screen.

LiveHealth Online connects you in real time to board certified physicians by two-way video conference. Which means you can get advice, help with diagnosing symptoms, and options on how to best take care of yourself, be it just treating your symptoms at home, or heading to an ER for more complicated illnesses. Always open, and always available 24/7 and 365 days a year. To learn more about LiveHealth Online, visit You can register by downloading the app from iTunes or Google Play store and signing-up in one quick step.

Of course, there are a multitude of other useful online and mobile tools available from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield that can help you no matter what time it is, or where you are at. Compare costs for imaging tests (such as xrays, CT scans, and MRIs) as well as the cost of services for pediatric care and OBGYN services for the expecting parents. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue shield are making it easier for you to make your health coverage work for you.

Being a healthy dad is an important part of being a good dad. We all want to be around as long as we can for our kids and we want to set the example of how to listen to our bodies and not be afraid of seeking potential life saving help. We owe it not just to our families, but ourselves as well.

And now that I’ve talked about health insurance, and why (according to me) it’s important to be proactive about our health, let me talk to you about something a little more fun! XY Media and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield want to hear from you! That’s right, from you! You saw my video above, right? Watch it again (to humor me). Now let’s get to the fun. You can now head on over to the Healthy Dad Facebook page (and give it a “Like” while you are there) and submit your own video that shows what you are doing to be a healthy dad, or why being a healthy dad matters to you.

After you have submitted your video, tell your friends, share it, get them to like it. You have the chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. All just for sharing a quick video from Vine, Instagram, or YouTube. It’s really that easy. Besides the potential to win some Amazon spending dough, you are also helping the greater good of promoting health awareness to other dads. It’s a hope to win/win situation. Check out the official rules on the Facebook page for more information.

Now, you’ve heard my piece. Now we want to hear from you. What do you do to stay healthy for yourself and your family? Do you exercise? Eat a certain diet? How are you raising kids who are proactive about their health? Let us know in the comments below!


**Some disclosure wording: Thanks to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, who sponsored the campaign, for including dads in this important discussion about family health care. My views are based solely on my experience as a parent, and not as a medical professional.**



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