This article, entitled "Encourage Dads to Get Healthy this Father’s Day," comes from Liz Hayes, MomsEveryday blogger from Central Wisconsin.
Fathers are our heroes, our mentors, our supporters, our protectors. We need them to be healthy so they can continue to be an integral part of our lives.
This Father’s Day, let’s help keep the fathers in our lives as healthy as can be. This week is National Men’s Health Week, a time to create awareness about preventable men’s health issues, promote healthy living, and encourage early detection of disease in boys and men.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends men set good examples of healthy living by not smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a well-balanced diet, having regular check-ups, managing stress, preventing injuries and sleeping well.
Heart disease is the biggest threat to men’s health. It’s the number one killer of men of the majority of racial groups. According to the CDC, one in 300,000 men in the U.S. dies from heart disease every year. The risk for getting heart disease rises dramatically once men turn 45. Sadly, about half of the men who succumb to the disease, die without any warnings or symptoms.
Men who want to heighten awareness during National Men’s Health Week are encouraged to wear blue. Since men are less likely to visit the doctor, the women in their lives can help encourage them to get regular check-ups and take on a healthy lifestyle to prevent heart disease and other serious illness.