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Ten Steps to a Healthy Father's Day - June 2020

By Maria O'Farrell Carr

Forget the tie or the power tool, the best way to tell your dad you love him this Father's Day is to give him a gift that will help him live a long, healthy and happy life. While making an appointment to get his prostate checked may be a wee bit too clinical (and controversial) for Father's Day, and giving him the grandchildren he's been begging for may not be in the cards, there are loads of great ways to give the gift of health to the dad in your life. Here are 10 important tips to share to ensure your Dad remains healthy and fit for life:

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet Low in Fat and High in Fruits and Vegetables. Eating a healthy diet low in fat and at least five fruits and vegetables a day lowers risk of heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. So, instead of taking your dad out for eggs benny, make him a low-fat meal. There are loads of recipes out there that make low-fat dining a delicious experience.  

  2. Get 30 Minutes of Moderate Physical Activity Most Days of the Week. Moderate physical activity on most days of the week reduces the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also help dads maintain a healthy body weight, joint strength and mobility. - Pedometer - This is an even cheaper gimmick that can motivate Dad to get moving. Clipping on a pedometer tells you how many steps you take in a day and knowing that walking 10,000 steps a day classifies a person as "active" has been enough to make many people change their habits to increase their step count.

  3. Get a Physical Exam and Important Screenings. Dads age 50 and older should make an appointment to be screened for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country. Regular colorectal cancer screening at age 50 and after can find and remove polyps before they ever become cancerous, or enable early treatment, when it can be most effective. Although effective measures to prevent prostate cancer have not yet been identified, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all men talk to their doctors about the risks and benefits of screening so that they can make informed decisions about whether screening is right for them.

  4. Choose Your Cover. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and one of the most preventable. Dads of all ages should practice sun safety by seeking shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; wearing a hat, shirt, and pants that cover arms and legs (when possible), and sunglasses; and using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

  5. Play it Safe. Wearing a seatbelt in a car or a helmet while biking can help protect dads from serious harm and possibly death in the event of a crash.

  6. Don't Abuse Alcohol. Alcohol abuse causes 100,000 premature deaths in the U.S. every year. Alcohol is a powerful drug that slows down the body and mind. It impairs coordination, slows reaction time, and impairs vision, clear thinking and judgment. Drink responsibly. Above all, do not drink and drive.

  7. Do Not Use Tobacco. Avoiding tobacco of all kinds dramatically reduces a man's risk of premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke, chronic lung disease, and cancers of the lung, larynx, esophagus, mouth and bladder.

  8. Prevent Disability from Arthritis. Weight control and injury prevention (especially sports-related injuries) can lower dads' risk for developing one of the most common types of arthritis: osteoarthritis. If Dad does develop arthritis, he can lessen pain and disability through early diagnosis and appropriate management, including weight control, physical activity, supplements and self-management strategies.

  9. Yoga or Nia Lessons The thing about men is that they tend to stiffen up as they age, especially if they are tied to their desks. Yoga and Nia stops them from gradually losing mobility. A fitness class is a wonderful way to keep the body limber and fit. A gift of yoga or Nia lessons close proximity to work or home is the best.

  10. Spend Quality Time with Family and Friends. Play and recreation are important for good health. Look for opportunities to be active and have fun at the same time. Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity (hiking, backpacking, swimming, etc.). Most of all, remind Dad you love to spend time with him.


If your dad has any special health problems that might affect his following these tips, he should consult his doctor.


Maria O'Farrell CarrMaria's Bio: Maria is a gifted healer, intuitive and medical intuitive from Ireland. She carries a vast wealth of experience from a life of passionate exploration of the profound healing and ancient Irish intuitive gifts she inherited from her mother and going back to her grandmothers, two great uncles who were well known healers of the sick and even as far back as her great, great, great, grandfather (b. 1837) who was known as the Irish Healer of Animals. Her depth of knowledge and wisdom comes from her deep study and relentless research. Maria offers Celtic Intuitive & Angel Card Reading thru Skype or phone to any were in the world. Maria grew up in Ireland and has travelled to over 16 countries and visited 245 cities. She has lived and travelled to Australia, Canada, North and South America, Europe and many places around the world. Maria has lived in the Okanagan, BC, Canada for years. She now lives part-time also back home in Ireland in the Spring and Autumn. Maria is the founder and publisher of 'OK In Health eMagazine' and Web site since 2014. www.OKinHealth.com is a beam of light in the wellness community. Maria was awarded the 2008 SOWINS, Women Up Front and Centre - Health & Wellness Award for her work on OK In Health eMagazine and the community. Over the years she has also worked as an Event Organizer and brought instructors to the Okanagan from all over the world. Maria was also involved at the grass root level in bringing in Dr Deepak Chopra. Gregg Braden and Dr. Wayne Dyer to the Okanagan valley. Maria has a wealth of experience in travel, as a healer and in events organizing. Maria hosts a weekly Health Column in 5 Okanagan newspapers. In 2013, Maria brought 30 people to Ireland for the 14 day Celtic Angel Ireland Tour and since then brings two tours over to Ireland each year. Maria has published two books on Sacred Ireland and is working on her third book. Maria continues to enjoy studying, travelling, offering sessions, working on OK In Health eMagazine, loving life in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and the Sacred Ireland Tours. - Maria O'Farrell Carr Website - Email


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