Father’s Day is This Coming Sunday

Posted on June 16, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Father’s Day is this weekend and I began to reflect on my father and his early passing. He was not a very healthy man and I wish I could have helped him then the way I am able to today. In my practice, I see fewer men on a preventive basis than I do women and this is a shame. I ran across the following on the thatsfit.com website which I thought I would share with you.

From thatsfit.com:

“There’s a new kind of gender gap happening in America — and this one is centered around men’s health. Today, the average man dies nearly six years before his female counterpart, up five years since 1920, according to statistics collected by the non-profit organization Men’s Health Network. They are also more likely to die from the top 10 causes of death than women are.

More than 70 percent of men are overweight or obese (compared to 64 percent of women), around a quarter die from either heart disease or cancer and more than 32,000 men will die of prostate cancer alone each year.

Why? The theories, according to Men’s Health Network, include the fact that men are more likely not to have healthcare coverage and half as likely to make preventive visits to a physician — not to mention that there’s a societal pressure for men to, well, “man up,” and not complain about health ailments. A brand-new Fox News national survey has found that nearly 70 percent of men find it easier to care for their cars than for their personal health.

No matter the reason, the bottom line is that today’s men are living increasingly unhealthy lifestyles. So in honor of Father’s Day, which is this Sunday, June 19, 2011, why not give Dad the gift of letting him know that you want for him to live a healthier, happier and longer life?”

So why not think about choosing a healthy gift for dad. An introductory gym membership, an MP3 player for walking or bike riding. Some healthy cookware for the grill. Talk to dad about food choices and cook him a healthy meal which has great taste to eat. I am always surprised when we have guests stay with us as they are always saying how great our food tastes to them. Yet this is just basis complex carbs, protein and good fats.
Show your Dad how much you love him and tell him you want him to outlive the nations average age for men.

Jim Harris is a Naturopath and Nutritional Consultant with The Art of Wellness Virtual Practice Center

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