Happy, Healthy Father’s Day

fathers-dayFather’s Day is this weekend and if you’re still looking for a last minute gift – here’s a thought. How about encouraging the man in your life to visit the doctor for a health check-up.

From PublicNewsService.org:

Men are far less likely to see their doctors than women, and in general are less aware of medical symptoms.

According to the CDC, women between 18 and 64 visit the doctor 57 percent more than men do.

Family physician Douglas Felts with Kaiser Permanente says societal norms probably are one big reason why men don’t see doctors more often.

“Part of this is really cultural, that men avoid the doctor because we’ve been taught in our culture that we’re the ‘fixers,’ that we’re responsible for fixing things,” he explains. “We go out and do things, and fix problems.”

And it’s not just physical health that’s important. A recent GQ Magazine headline read, “Father’s Day: Why Dads Need To Focus On Mental Health.” Below is an excerpt from the article.

Now is a good a time to take note of why mental health and wellbeing is something all dads should be clued up on.

According to research by the NCT (National Childbirth Trust), one in three new fathers are worried or concerned about their own mental health. And 73 per cent of fathers are worried or concerned about their partner’s mental health.

hazardous_waistIf you see someone wearing a blue ribbon this weekend, it’s meant to raise awareness about the fight against prostate cancer. But this is Men’s Health Week, which seeks to recognize all health issues that affect men’s health. One of the big ones, no pun intended, is a big belly. Men’s Health Forum calls it a Hazardous Waist!

Men are more likely to have belly fat than women – when men gain weight the default place to store that extra fat is in the belly.

Once the man has a full potbelly, or beer belly (pick your poison) then the body will run out of default room at the front of the belly area to store fat and resort to depositing it in vital areas such as the liver, pancreas and muscles.

CoachMag.co.uk listed four tips to help decrease your belly size in two months.

  • Cut down on white rice, potatoes, white pasta and sweet treats.
  • Increase your protein intake from lean meat sources such as chicken and fish. If you don’t eat meat, you can use protein bars and protein powder supplements.
  • Cut out all alcohol during the eight weeks.
  • Do three to four High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts combined with weights/resistance training each week.

Share your thoughts on other things men can do to improve their physical and mental health and enjoy a happy and health Father’s Day weekend! Working with our partners to find innovative new ways to highlight healthier lifestyles is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

 

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