Health Hero VIP Christian Crosby on Using His Voice for Good
You can now vote for Health Hero VIP Christian Crosby in our 2018 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge.
In case you missed it, we are well on our way to determining this year’s Be Well Philly Health Hero, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. While voting has now closed on our Health Hero semifinalists (we’ll be announcing the three finalists soon!), we are currently still accepting votes for our Health Hero VIPs.
This year’s VIPs — which stands for “Very Influential Philadelphians” — are probably names you’re very familiar with. Our 2018 Health Hero VIPs are Christian Crosby, Tracy Davidson, and Wendell Holland. Like our Health Hero nominees, they are facing off for a donation to the charity of their choices, in the amount of $2,500.
To help you get acquainted with each VIP and their associated causes, we’re going to share a bit on each individual over the next few days, beginning with Health Hero VIP Christian Crosby below. After reading up on our VIPs, head over to vote right here — you can vote once a day, every day, through November 15!
Meet Health Hero VIP Christian Crosby
What I do: In-arena host and Content & Integrated Marketing Manager for the Philadelphia 76ers, also the founder and CEO of Live Life Nice, a cause-driven digital media and apparel company that is dedicated to inspiring, motivating and empowering people to “be nice and do nice.”
My chosen charity: I chose the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because it holds a special place in my heart. There are people in my life who have had loved ones lose their battle and I’ve also worked very closely with people from the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter Big Climb Philly. These people are absolutely incredible, and their stories are so inspiring and it’s just something that I’ve become very passionate about supporting.
What motivates you to try and make Philadelphia a healthier place?
I’ve been given the opportunity to have a voice and an audience and not everyone has that opportunity and privilege. I feel obligated with this gift to use it for good. A healthier Philadelphia is one of many things that I hope to assist in by using my voice.
Describe a health or fitness-related turning point in your life.
I remember one time getting really winded and short of breath when all I was doing was walking up a flight of stairs. Not okay. For someone who’s always been pretty active and in shape, this really took me back and I instantly decided I needed to get back into working out and living a healthier lifestyle.
What “policy” would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
I think it all starts with our youth — kids need to be introduced to healthier food options at an earlier age. With that being said, I think enforcing healthy food options in our school districts would help promote a healthier lifestyle that they’d be able to continue throughout the rest of their lives.
What’s the most important part of your health regimen?
I personally love working out with other people — the more the merrier. So for me, it’s important to be surrounded by people who can motivate me and motivate the group and who also can make the workout FUN. I’m all for blasting music and dancing in between exercises and keeping the energy going for everyone throughout the whole workout. Corny dancing gets the people going.
What is your number one piece of health-related advice?
I think the most important thing about maintaining a healthy lifestyle is consistency. It’s something that has to become a part of your lifestyle if you really want to see the results — and to do that, you have to be consistent. Nope, it’s not easy but it’s worth it.