Does your dad have enough ties already? Or, too many trinkets that proclaim him “World’s Greatest Dad”? This Father’s Day, take time to give Dad the gift of health — to keep him going strong as the world’s greatest. Here’s how.
- For his fitness. Encourage dad to get moving! Plan a fun physical activity for the day, such as golfing, tennis, or even a walk-and-talk. Keep his motivation going strong with a new pedometer or fitness tracker, a new piece of athletic equipment, or a few sessions with a personal trainer. Weight management through exercise can help prevent diseases, such as diabetes and sleep apnea.
- For his appetite. Host a delicious and healthy dinner for Dad with these recipes for appetizers and dinners from EatingWell Magazine. Don’t worry, they include some of his classic favorites! Then, be sure to keep him eating right with a blender (for smoothies!) and a vegetable tray or basket for the grill to help get veggies on his plate.
- For his safety. The Centers for Disease Control note that men have the highest incidence of death from unintentional drowning, fireworks injuries and motor vehicle accidents. Keep dad safe: Make sure he uses a life jacket, leaves fireworks displays to the professional, always wears a safety belt in the car, always uses a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle, and prevents skin cancer and heat-related illnesses by wearing sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 15 or more.
- For his mind. Relaxation is important for his physical and mental health. Nudge him to take it easy with a massage or massage chair, or a simple hammock to hang out in the backyard. Sleep masks or slippers can also help! Additionally, help dad keep his mind sharp, like a game, puzzle, or model to build: Recent studies show that adults with hobbies who regularly exercise their brains are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
- For his future. Being heart disease-free and cancer-free may be one of the greatest gifts. Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Blood pressure checks and tests for high blood cholesterol are examples of screenings for heart disease and stroke. At age 50, screening tests for prostate cancer and colon cancer are important and skin cancer screenings should begin at age 20 and continue throughout life.
Celebrate dad, gift dad, and protect dad. Time spent with him is the most precious gift of all — enhance that by helping him stay healthy.