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Here’s to Dad’s health

June 11, 2011
Alicia Wager, ARNP, Covenant Clinic Reinbeck

On June 19 we celebrate that person who represents leadership, the family provider and maybe even the voice of reason-Dad. OK, well maybe the situation is different in each household but on this day we say thanks to the fathers, grand and great-grandfathers out there.

This year I encourage you to give your dad the gift that you can also reap the rewards from, better health. The more your father knows about his health and what concerns he should have as a man, the longer he can live a healthy life and be around to celebrate many more Father's Days, birthdays, etc.

Some men tend to shy away from the doctor until an illness progresses. This may be a hard habit to break, but consider the fact that many illnesses don't have symptoms-like high blood pressure.

Encourage your dad to take time to get a physical:

ages 20-39 need a

physical every three


ages 40-49 every two

after 50, every year

If the best gifts in life are free then consider committing some time each week to exercise with your dad. Take a long walk or challenge him in his favorite sport. Even if he does always win, it gets both of you the weekly exercise you need to live a healthy lifestyle.

If you are looking for something with monetary value, consider getting Dad a gym membership or a new bicycle this year, something that will encourage him to get out and exercise. Maybe it's time for a new wagon that Dad can pull the kids or grandkids in while making a trip to the local store. Quality exercise can be found in unsuspecting places.

Regardless of how you spend it, be sure to take some time to say thanks to your dad on June 19.



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