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Think Health-First This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast approaching and that means that sons and daughters across the continent will be thinking about what to get dad. Many will decide on a couple of beers or BBQ tools, but that might not be the best way to go.

Every once in a while, people need a little push from someone they respect. If your dad is a little careless about his health and could use a nudge in the right direction, now is your chance.

Instead of steaks and suds, a tie, or some fancy electronic device, show dad some appreciation with a gift that allows him to think a little bit more about his health.

If technology is his thing, consider a fitness tracker like a Fitbit that can help him monitor his activity levels, heart rate, and sleep. Having this data can help him make better choices to keep inflammation and blood pressure under control.

A pair of hiking shoes and a membership to a trail club or national park could encourage him to get out more. There are plenty of hiking clubs available to seniors and it could be a great way for a recent retiree to enjoy some free time.

Hiking is also an activity that poses a low risk for COVID-19 and encourages more activity that can boost heart health and mood, while also helping to manage blood sugar and high blood pressure.

If exercise isn’t dad’s thing, perhaps you can supply some tools to help him improve his diet. A blender and ingredients for morning smoothies or vegetables for him to plant in the garden can all encourage better eating choices.

With better nutrition, dad can lower his cholesterol, manage high blood pressure, and reduce the risk for conditions marked by chronic inflammation.

Let’s say when it comes to physical health your dad is on point. But what about his mental health? Is he living alone or recently lost a friend? I know it’s hard for you to be there to offer companionship during COVID-19, but there are other ways to help.

Sending him a photo album with a letter from yourself or his grandchildren, making plans for a future memorable experience, or getting him a dog are all options that can show dad you care and encourage meaningful connection.

Meaningful connections are associated with less anxiety, depression, and healthier aging.

Use Father’s Day 2020 to show dad that it is the first day of the rest of his life. Positive change can lead to healthy habits that can keep him around longer and enrich both of your lives.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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