Advertisement

How can I help my dad be healthy?

Depending upon your dad's age, you can do several things to help him be healthy. Encourage him to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and participate in exercise. It's also important for him to see his primary care provider and follow recommendations for preventive health screenings. Help your father engage in relaxing or fun activities to decrease overall stress.
Give your dad the gift of health with a variety of ways for him to lead a healthier lifestyle:
  • Encourage dad to join you for physical activities that you enjoy. Buy him a pair of in-line skates, a tennis racket or a new pair of running shoes. Set a schedule and hold him to it. It will give you time to bond, while keeping you both fit.
  • Does he already have the equipment but just needs some encouragement? Buy your father a bookrack for his treadmill so he can read while exercising; a lesson or two for his favorite activity, such as tennis or golf; an mp3 player to listen to music or news while he walks or jogs; and a pedometer to keep track of his steps.
  • What is dad reading these days? Encourage him to learn about his own health and nutrition with a subscription to a men's health or fitness magazine or a copy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Complete Food and Nutrition Guide or Dieting for Dummies.
  • Does dad often eat lunch on the run or not at all? Give the gift of meals by making dad a lunch every day for a week or even a month. Build it around lean protein and dairy foods, whole-grain breads and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Pack lunch in an easy-to-carry container and write a note telling him how special he is to you. Include a detailed list of the items you made, so he can do it himself again).
Be creative. Your father deserves it, and it will mean a lot to him that you are thinking about his health and longevity.

Continue Learning about Men's Health

9 Best Anti-Aging Tips for Men
9 Best Anti-Aging Tips for Men9 Best Anti-Aging Tips for Men9 Best Anti-Aging Tips for Men9 Best Anti-Aging Tips for Men
Feeling young and staying strong doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some simple solutions for men.  Many men ignore simple ways to keep their bod...
Start Slideshow
Can Grape Seed Extract Help Treat Prostate Cancer?
Can Grape Seed Extract Help Treat Prostate Cancer?
What Could Cause a Person's Penis to Itch and Burn?
What Could Cause a Person's Penis to Itch and Burn?
Are Men More Likely to Do Idiotic Things Than Women?
Are Men More Likely to Do Idiotic Things Than Women?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.