Why I'm a #HealthyDad

Disclosure: Thanks to Anthem Blue Cross 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." Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is not affiliated with the #HealthyDad video contest.

Recently, I've begun to realize how important it is for me to be a healthy dad. Honestly, being a dad is the driving force behind the WHY for me. 

I spent a few years right after high school, being the pinnacle of health. I was an active duty US Marine. I was in the best physical condition I had been in my life. I look back at myself at that point, and know that I want to be in that condition again. 

Unfortunately, I have a couple of bad discs in my back that contributed to me straying far from the physically fit version of me. I put on a good amount of weight, and lost the physical conditioning I had taken pride in doing.

One day, I looked back, and realized that I wasn't DOING enough. I wasn't moving, I was fortunately not GAINING weight, but I was still a chubby dude who could barely keep up with 3 young kids. I wasn't happy with my weight, and decided to make a change.

I NEEDED to be healthy, to be an example for my kids. I didn't want my kids to look at their chubby dad, sitting on the sidelines during their sporting events, or huffing and puffing while they run laps around me. 

I started going to the gym, and bringing the kids. I showed them that my health was important to me, and that it was something that was worth working for. 

I look at my dad, who is not in a good physical condition, and wasn't while I was growing up. I see the guy who has made poor diet and exercise choices, and has type 2 diabetes. That's not what I want my kids to see when they look at me in 20 or 30 years.

Another aspect of being a healthy dad is taking care of your health. You can't just eat right and exercise (I know, if only it was that easy). Being healthy is also about preventive care.

Sometimes it’s tough to get to a doctor. You may be under the weather, live far away from a doctor’s office or be pressed for time. Wouldn’t it be nice to get expert advice right from your home computer or mobile device? With LiveHealth Online, you can—in real time and with today’s finger-tip ease. 

With LiveHealth Online, you can connect with U.S.-based, board certified doctors within minutes by two-way video chat in the privacy of your own home. Available 24/7, 365 days a year wherever telehealth services like LiveHealth Online are allowed in the U.S., it’s as easy as downloading an app on your phone or tablet.

Anthem Blue Cross wants to help you address your most basic health needs and questions through online initiatives such as Live Online Health and their new mobile app for Google and iOS phones. 


Here’s where being a #HealthDad can literally pay off. There’s a contest currently running on the Healthy Dad Facebook page. Between October 1, 2014 and October 23, 2014 you can submit your own #HealthyDad video to the Healthy Dad Facebook page. Be creative, be outrageous and above all else – be Healthy.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Shoot your video (Vine, Instagram or YouTube), explaining why you are or want to be a #HealthyDad (include the hashtag)
  2. Upload your video to the Healthy Dad Facebook page.

It really is that simple.  And for your effort you could have a chance to win one of five, $100 Amazon Gift Certificates.

XY Media is sponsoring this contest to celebrate dads living a healthy lifestyle. All you have to do is submit a family-friendly video to https://www.facebook.com/healthydads and you could win a $100 Amazon giftcard just in time for the holidays. Be a #HealthyDad . For the official rules, go here.