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I know I’m a little early with this post for Father’s Day, but knowing guys like I do, especially fathers, it will take them a while to act on this advice, anyway. So dads, on behalf on your sons and daughters, I beseech thee too act on these three recommendations!

1. Go see the doctor. Dads are more likely to put off their yearly check up than moms. In fact, less than 50% of men aged 45-64 had a physical exam last year! Guys are wired differently, that’s for sure. If we don’t see the doctor, then nothing is wrong with us. Can’t have high cholesterol if you never have it checked, right? Time is ticking, guys…so should your heart.

Advice: Make an appointment with your doc today. Do this for your children.

2. Do fewer stupid things. Men are risk takers. This could be a good thing in business but a not so wise thing when your life is at stake. Men are five times more likely to drown than women. Men are 2 ½ times more likely to die in an automobile accident (though, this stat may be challenged as of late by the great “equal-opportunity-gender-equalizer” of texting while driving).

Advice: Slow down…you’ll get there when you get there. Don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, don’t eat and drive. Do this for your children.

3. Admit you’re not in shape. Men who are overweight or obese often underestimate their weight, according to a recent survey of 3500 people conducted by researchers from the University of Illinois. Men tend to gain weight in their gut – a very dangerous place indeed as central adiposity (belly fat) puts men at greater risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and dying earlier than they should. Look in the mirror, guys, and check where you’re wearing your pants. Do they still fit as long as you are wearing them under a belly overhang? You’re not fooling anyone.

Advice:
Put the fork down between mouthfuls. It’s okay to not finish your plate.
Move! Cheering for your favorite sports team does not count as physical activity.
Go on a bike ride or a walk with your family.
One plate per meal. Still hungry? Load up on more salad – easy on the dressing.
Seek help. Go see a registered dietitian who can help draft a plan that’s delicious and can still include man-sized, but not Andre-the-Giant-sized portions.
Figure out the roadblocks to success. Depressed? Seek help! Don’t have time? Make time.

Do this for your children!

I want a full report. Help me out guys. If you are doing the right things, tell me about it! Have a man-sized excuse? Hit me up in the comments and I’ll help you overcome it. Your move.

Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s some great advice from the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION on how to encourage the men in your life to take ownership of their health and nutrition.

When was the last time your father, brother, husband or partner cooked a meal, asked for a second helping of vegetables or did the grocery shopping? If recent trends are a guide, it happened recently, according to the American Dietetic Association.

“More than ever, men are playing a role in buying and preparing the food that is eaten in their household,” says registered dietitian Martin M. Yadrick, past president of the American Dietetic Association. “Not only is budgeting finances important, but men are also realizing the need for healthy calorie budgeting, too.

“Think of eating in terms of contributing to your 401k. Doing the right thing over time will make a huge difference down the road,” Yadrick says. “My advice is: Guys, take ownership of all your personal health needs.”

Registered dietitians say men’s questions, interests and needs regarding food and nutrition tend to focus on such areas as being healthier; looking good; performing at their best; having more energy; recovering from injuries and
learning how they can excel through healthy eating and activity habits.

For men of all ages and all stages of life, eating right and being physically active are as important to health as annual physical exams and visits to the dentist, Yadrick says.

“For men as well as women, good nutrition is vital, but a man’s nutrient needs are unique due to higher muscle mass, larger body size and hormonal differences.”

Men can serve as an example of healthful eating – at work or at home – by making smart foods choices when they’re around colleagues, children and spouses.

“Cut down on meat portions and fill up the extra space with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds,” Yadrick says. By including these foods on your plate every day, men can benefit their health and potentially stave off obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and dementia.

“You can stay healthy and active longer – and that includes your sex life and fertility – if you make good choices when you eat,” says Yadrick.

With research showing that making small dietary and lifestyle changes every day goes a long way toward improving your overall health picture for life, Yadrick encourages all men to jump aboard the eating right bandwagon.

“Adding nutrient-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal is a great step in the right direction. Cutting down on portion sizes can make a huge difference in your overall calorie intake,” Yadrick says.

“It’s the results that matter to men, and our taste buds and health can provide the proof that eating right pays off.”

To find a registered dietitian in your area and to learn more about men’s health and nutrition, visit http://www.eatright.org/menshealth/.