Your dad has dedicated his life to providing for his family but statistics show that he’s probably not as good at taking care of himself. The Centers for Disease Control reports that women are 100 percent more likely to go to their doctors for annual exams and preventive services than men. Even if dad feels great, a little TLC of his body is important. Between 70-89 percent of sudden cardiac events happen in men, and astonishingly 50 percent of men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease experienced no previous symptoms.
This Sunday June 17 is Father’s Day. Show dad how much you care by giving him thoughtful gifts that will help him take charge of his health. Here are five of our favorite Father’s Day gift ideas:
1. Present him with a gift certificate for a massage. Most spas offer a large menu of massages from sports massages to help prevent or treat injuries to relaxing and energizing Swedish massages. Massages are associated with multiple health benefits including stress management and pain relief. Not a fan of massages? Buy him a hammock.
2. Make him a heart-healthy brunch. Show him how easy it is to manage his cholesterol by creating a delicious meal using products made with CoroWise® plant sterols. Start with a refreshing glass of Minute Made® Premium Heart Wise® orange juice. Then let him indulge his taste buds with dark chocolate pomegranate Vita Tops™ muffin tops. Add a generous serving of his favorite fresh fruits. For great ideas to complete your menu, check out the tempting recipes on our Facebook page from the makers of Smart Balance® products.
3. Plan a physically active family outing. Get dad’s heart pumping by challenging him to a game of tennis, racquetball or golf. Be sure to include the kids. Teach them that physical activity can mean a lifetime of fun. Keep up the momentum by setting aside time each month for friendly re-matches.
4. Buy him a good pair of sunglasses. Protect his eyes by giving him a fashionable pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses should block 99-100 percent of harmful UVA/UVB rays, which may otherwise lead to cataracts and other eye health problems. If he wears prescription glasses, treat him to a pair of prescription sunglasses so he will have no excuses for being out in the sun without this important protection.
5. Help him get better quality sleep. As men age, they may not get as much restful sleep as they did when they were younger. This may lead to high blood pressure and other health issues. Sleep experts agree that your body needs to cool down and stay cool for you to sleep well. Just a mild drop in body temperature induces sleep.
Shopping for dad doesn’t have to be challenging. These simple, healthy gift ideas will make dad feel pampered and loved as he learns to take better care himself.