Give the gift of health this holiday season

December 28, 2011

It’s the perfect gift for anyone—yes, seriously, anyone.  Whether young or older, insured or uninsured, male or female, Health Proponent is the gift that remains meaningful all year long.  The price is right, too—membership is just $29.95 a year, and it applies to the member’s spouse, dependent children, parents and parents-in-law, too.

What Health Proponent does

Need help finding a medical or dental provider?  Or estimating costs of a treatment or procedure?  Want help understanding or filling out paperwork?  Are there errors on your hospital bill, or did your claim get denied?  Do you need a second opinion?  Were you hit with a large hospital bill that you can’t afford?  Health Proponent can help with these things and more.

Health Proponent’s driving force is a team of Personal Health Advocates.  You will be assigned your own Personal Health Advocate (PHA), who is typically a registered nurse supported by medical directors or a highly trained benefits and claims specialist.  When you call Health Proponent, the PHA will listen to you, evaluate your issue, and will be your advocate while working to resolve the problem.  You’ll get a real person for real help—no endless phone transfers or aggravating recorded messages.

Your PHA can work on a variety of cases for you ($99 per case).  Your PHA can save you time, stress, and money by tackling denied insurance claims, scheduling appointments with hard-to-reach specialists, finding eldercare services for you or a loved one, addressing medical billing errors, securing second opinions, clarifying coverage plans, and obtaining cost estimates.

Another big way that your PHA can help save you money is with Medical Bill Saver, which can potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  If you have an uncovered medical or dental bill of at least $400, your PHA can attempt to negotiate that bill at no up-front cost to you.  If your PHA successfully reduces the cost of that bill, Health Proponent will share in 25% of the savings.

Your PHA can also direct you to a variety of online resources available to you as a member of Health Proponent.  Update your Personal Health Record online, complete a Health Risk Assessment to help you understand your risks for various conditions, and use the convenient online trackers to record your blood pressure, list of current medications, and more.

Become a member today

If you want to become a Health Proponent member, or if you wish to purchase a membership for a friend or family member, call 1-866-939-3435 to join.  You can also visit for more information.  There’s even a 30-day money back guarantee on the membership fee.



Easy, inexpensive, indoor fitness ideas for the winter months

December 14, 2011

Now that we’re approaching winter, with most areas of the country feeling noticeably colder, it’s understandable that you don’t want to go outside and walk or jog.  But that’s no excuse for not following through on your fitness goals.  Check out these inexpensive and easy ways to stay fit even when it’s cold outside.

•    Go walking…indoors.  Find a safe place to walk, like your local mall.  Some malls even open earlier to accommodate early birds who like to walk the mall in the morning.
•    Just dance.  Turn on your favorite music video channel, plug in your MP3 player, and dance!  Not only can you burn calories, but it’ll help your circulation, too.
•    Exercise, no gym required.  You can do crunches, jumping jacks, and more all in the comfort of your own living room.  Why not exercise throughout the commercial breaks of your favorite TV show?  Also, check with your cable provider–many of them offer on-demand exercise videos that are included in your cable subscription.
•    Get in touch with your inner kid.  Did you used to jump rope on the playground when you were little?  Why not try it again now?  It’s a fun way to get your body movin’.  This is best attempted in your garage or some other room with a higher ceiling and no breakable objects nearby.
•    Reorganize your kitchen cabinets.  Lifting 1-pound cans of food can help you tone your arms!
•    Get squeaky clean.  There are so many cleaning-related activities that can get you up and moving–vacuuming, doing the laundry, washing dishes, changing the sheets/making the beds, moving from room to room to dust various surfaces…  This not only gets you a cleaner house, but it gets you a fitter you!
•    Have a yoga party.  Rent a yoga DVD, or find a yoga video online.  Invite friends to come over and do yoga with you.  Namaste!
•    Stay on pace.  If you’re on the phone, don’t plop down in a chair–instead, pace.  Any extra walking is good for you, even if it’s just back and forth in your kitchen or living room.
As always, if you’re considering starting any new fitness regimen, talk to your doctor first.  Don’t have a doctor?  Consider calling Health Advocate or Health Proponent–these advocacy services can help you find an in-network, local doctor who meets your needs.