Blog 6/11/2019

Six Men’s Health Tips for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is on June 16th. It’s a great day to show love and appreciation toward your father, and also remind them that you want them around for a long time to come.

To help your father stay healthy, here are six tips to help keep him “in shape” and happy:

1.Get enough sleep

The CDC found that one in three American adults don’t get enough sleep. Additionally, one study found that new fathers get less sleep than mothers. Regardless of how long he’s been a parent, make sure dad is getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

2. Stop smoking

If your father is a smoker, quitting has a variety of benefits that will improve both his physical and mental health, including reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. Talk to him about the dangers of smoking and explore programs to help him quit.

3. Exercise more

Nearly 72% of Americans over the age of 20 struggle with being overweight or obese. To keep dad healthy, make sure he’s getting the exercise he needs. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) and strength training at least twice per week.

4. Eat healthy

There’s a variety of ways to eat healthier besides just eating a good balance of the major food groups (vegetables, fruits, meat, grains, and dairy). Examples include consuming less salt and not skipping breakfast. Get more ideas here.

5. Reduce stress

Stress can lead to many health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity,and diabetes. Help ensure that dad has time to unwind and partake in activities he enjoys regularly. This will help keep him healthier in the long run.

6. Get regular checkups

Nearly 50% of men skip their annual physicals. This is a mistake since fathers need to know their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. If they’re elevated, their risk for heart disease and stroke goes up. They also need screenings for colorectal and prostate cancer, as well as checkups on their regular day-to-day health. Positive outcomes are more likely with early detection.

 

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