(www.BlackDoctor.org) -- Celebrated on the third Sunday in June in 52 countries and other days elsewhere, Father’s Day grew from one woman’s tribute to her father to the grand observance that it is today. But no matter the day or the location, the premise is the same – to honor and commemorate the men who have had our backs and given of themselves tirelessly. What better way to repay dads unwavering love and protection than to offer them the gift of good health. These 10 important tips will ensure that Dad remains healthy and fit for life. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
1. Eat a healthy diet, low in fat but high in fruits and vegetables.
A low-fat diet with a good balance of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of diseases like diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, stroke and heart disease.
2. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week
Moderate physical activity at least 4-5 days per week will reduce the risk of various diseases and can help dad maintain a healthy weight, mobility and joint strength.
3. Annual physical exams and screenings are a must
Black dads that are 40-plus should make an appointment to be screened for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that all men talk to their doctor about the benefits (and risks) of screening in order to make an informed decision.
4. Love the skin you’re in.
Skin care cancer is highly preventable, yet it’s the most common form of cancer in the US. When you’re taking Dad out for his special day, be sure that he uses a sunscreen with at least SPF15 and tries to cover himself as much as possible between 10am and 4pm when the sun is at its highest point.
5. Click It or Ticket
Safety first -- wearing a helmet while biking and a seatbelt in the car can protect dad from serious injury and even death in the event of a crash.
6. Drink Responsibly
Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is a depressant that slows down the body and mind – impairing coordination and vision and slowing reaction time and clear thinking. Never drink and drive. Kids don’t let dads drive drunk!
7. Say No to Tobacco
Avoid tobacco of all kinds to dramatically reduce dad’s risk of premature death and disability from a myriad of ailments.
8. Prevent Arthritis
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Dad can lessen the pain through weight control and injury prevention as well as early diagnosis and an appropriate management plan.
9. Not Just for Kids. Get Vaccinated
An astonishingly high number of adults become ill, disabled and die each year from diseases that could have easily been prevented by vaccines.
10. Spend a Little QT
Play time is never over! Activity and recreation are important for a healthy mind and body. Family outings and vacations that include activities and sports like swimming, basketball, tennis, etc. are all extra special ways to show dad you love him by sharing in some much needed quality time!
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